on Club Meetings... Carol
I have been a
member of Eyes of Hope for just over seven years. It’s been
a pleasure to see the club grow over the years – there are
so many new members, already dedicated and enthusiastic. It seems
that with each meeting there is a new face and several new puppies.
I haven’t had a puppy for several months now. Sometimes I miss
a few meetings and when I come back I am always struck anew with the
awesome work that is going on there. With over forty puppies and many
more people in that one room there could be bedlam. But there isn’t.
And it’s remarkable. I haven’t had experiences in other
areas, but it seems to me that a Seeing Eye training meeting is the
only place where so many dogs could be so close together without fur
flying and ceaseless barking.
What happens instead of chaos is amazing. Thanks to the efforts
of Janet Keeler and Carmella Passaro, and more recently Kim
reigns. If you’re reading this you’ve probably come to
meetings often enough to know the drill. Dogs and handlers walk together
three or four at a time, then in two groups. They practice commands – sit
and down, rest, and come-and-sit as well as basket weaves and figure
eights there are always announcements about upcoming activities, sometimes
followed by cookies to recognize a puppy’s return to The Seeing
Eye for training.
Training meetings are important. They are not just a time for socializing – for
people or puppies. They are a time to learn how to better work with
your puppy and sometimes to be alerted of a problem and how to deal
with it. Janet and Carmella are always there to help and encourage
you; more experienced puppy raisers are there to be a good example
for you. I f seven years is enough to make me an “old-timer” then
I can speak with authority - attending training meetings is one of
the most important parts of raising a puppy, especially for some of
you new puppy raisers.
Thanks for filling up that room.