Virginia Knoll, aunt of Instructor Pete Jackson, came prepared for the chilly wind that blew through the valley. Knoll has raised 50 puppies for The Seeing Eye.
As President Jim Kutsch looks on from the podium, Director of Programs Doug Roberts presents retiring Linda Feinne-Roth Manager of Puppy Placement Christine Dickson with the “Best Friends” award, which signifies the 50-year relationship between 4-H and The Seeing Eye.
Children’s book illustrator Doris Ettlinger personally signed about 300 copies of the newly published book, “Morris Frank & Buddy: The Story of the First Seeing Eye Dog.”
Long-time volunteers, John and Elinore Bullock, listen to a graduate presentation. In addition to raising 19 puppies, the Bullocks have volunteered in a variety of positions on campus, including tour guide, receptionist, and clerical assistant.
The lawn of the Washington Valley campus offers the perfect vantage point for crowds of puppy raisers to sit and observe a dog training demonstration.
Instructor Kris Schmidt beams as Seeing Eye dog-in-training Nixie successfully takes her through an obstacle course under the watchful eyes of the puppy raisers.
Guests check the program to select their next activity during the day-long event.
German shepherd Osi takes a break while waiting for her owner, Seeing Eye graduate Bill Kappler, to make his presentation to the crowd.
A Designing Duo
A unique sense of humor, an active imagination, and the companionship of a travel-wise dog have helped Robert Kizere establish a widespread reputation as an interior designer.
Seeing Eye graduate Robert Kizere is a man of style with an eye for detail, whether designing a room around a baby grand piano, selecting the right color scheme to bring light into a darkened space, or exploring a new area with golden retriever Mayor.
“My father was a builder working in large construction,” explained Kizere. “I grew up surrounded by his engineering mind and his blueprints. My family moved around a lot, and whenever we built a new house, my mom would decorate. She let me help, and soon I was doing all the designing.”