Here at Countryside we love to give back to the community!
One way that we give back is to help animals through donating to local animal organizations. Morgan Co. has a major problem with stray dogs and cats. We have made a cash donation to Morgan Co. Animal Control to help them make the lives of the animals they care for a little better.
We also wanted to give back to people in need. In 2006, I came across an organization called NEADS- Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans. I spoke with Paula Ricard (Puppy Program Coordinator) and I decided to donate an F1 Mini Labradoodle to their organization. (He was their FIRST LABRADOODLE).
Thank you very much for contacting me about a possible puppy donation. I have been very interested in trying a labradoodle puppy in our program for some time now. I know that other service dog organizations are using them and feel that they might be a good fit for our clients as well. Thank you again. Paula Ricard.
On Sept. 11, 2006, our little guy was off to Princeton, MA!
The puppy has been named McGee. He’s acclimated to the nursery just fine and is enjoying his playmates- 2 goldens and 3 poodles. I did a temperament test on him last week, he did well. McGee will spend about 4 more weeks here at the Early Learning Center being socialized and introduced to foundation service dog tasks. When we feel he is ready he will be placed with a full-time puppy raiser or in one of our prison programs where he will receive more socialization and training until he is ready for advance training. Normally puppies enter advance training at about 1 ½ years old. We won’t know what kind of client he wil be placed with until he comes back for advance training. The socialization and obedience training is the same regardless of whether he ends up being trained as a hearing dog, service dog, or social dog. You picked a great pup for us! Thanks again! Paula.
Just wanted to let you know that Mcgee was placed in the York Correctional Center in Ct. He has been busy learning new tasks. Thanks. Paula.
A year later…
Everyone’s hard work has paid off and McGee has been matched!!!!! McGee has been matched as a hearing dog for Erica Bolanis. They will be working together and will graduate March 2008.
Due to Erica’s health issues she and McGee were unable to attend their graduation in March 2008.
In June of 2008, I flew to Boston to attend the graduation.