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Airline RoadMuskegon, MI 49441
1765 miles away
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From Pound Puppy to Leader Dog
posted 6 years ago
“Never believe you have no purpose in life….”
On behalf of the Noah Project
and Clock Timeless Pets - Jodi Clock
Many of you know I’m involved with the Noah Project(a no-kill animal shelter) located on Airline Rd. in Fruitport. Noah is very proud of their adoption rate and one particular alumni! Karen Fowler wrote this story and I’d like to share it with you.
Paulie was rescued from animal control and brought to Noah in February of 2006 when his time was up. He was scheduled to be euthanised. At that time Paulie joined the other pets at Noah in his own kennel, where he began socialization with other dogs and people and was given his vaccines. Paulie was a large 1-year old large yellow lab mix. Often these wonderful dogs are over looked even at a rescue, for the cute puppies. Paulie found warmth and love with the Noah volunteers, his home continued to be in a private kennel – with about 20 other dogs, who were all dreaming for their very own special home for several months.
One day a volunteer, suggested we see if he was a potential candidate for the Leader School, in Rochester, MI. Thus began Paulie’s journey through the lengthy training. Leader Dog training takes months and there are many hurdles for a dog to pass, if he is to continue in the program. Amazingly, only 30% of the dogs that begin this journey graduate! (Most of those are bred to be a leader dogs). Periodically, we checked in to see how Paulie’s progressing and each time we were rewarded with the news that Paulie had passed another hurdle and was moving on to the next!
On Friday, April 20, 2007, we received a letter along with a wonderful picture telling us that Paulie had graduated and been placed as a Leader Dog in Spain!!! The volunteers at Noah couldn’t be prouder!!!
Many of the dogs at Noah Project come from our local animal control, saved from euthanasia often on their last day. Our question continues to be “why are so many wonderful dogs with the same potential Paulie had, overlooked? Not all dogs need to be a “working dog” … they just want a loving family or companion giving years of love and faithfulness!
The Noah Project is a non-profit organization, supported solely by donations. We are always looking for volunteers. Come visit or send a donation today!
Pros: Shelter Dogs are a great place to find Service Dogs
Cons: Not all dogs have the qualities it takes
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April 28, 2008 | By Julienoah
I volunteer at Noah's because of my love of animals. This is a great place where our pets are cared for with love and affection. We work hard to show them they are special and work hard to find them… more ›
April 28, 2008 | By Don