Gene raised his first puppy, with his wife Jane, in 1996. He has been a member of the club since then. Here is his obituary.
Thank you, Gene and Jane, for raising these wonderful dogs: Hinda, Reona, Wendell, Plato, Nadette, Velma, Trinity, Azura, Trapper, Avis, Brenna, Bianca, Yula and Cypress.
The Boulder puppy raising club was formed in 1996 as an adult offshoot from a 4-H club already in existence in the area. Heidi, Lauren, and Debbie (no longer active) were the original leaders for the group and were joined shortly thereafter by Cathy. The club still has many original raisers. Heidi, Lauren, and Cathy continue in the leadership of the group along with major support from original members Jill and Alan.
In the spring, the club holds a recognition dinner for raisers and puppies raised in the club each year. The club also appears annually in the "Lights of December" parade in downtown Boulder. Regular meetings are held at the Boulder Valley Church of Christ and the CU Ski building and monthly outings are planned to locations such as the Pearl St. Mall, McGuckin's Hardware, and Flatirons mall.
To date the club has raised over 219 puppies as guide dog candidates and still has many original raisers raising puppies or helping out as puppy sitters.
We are a group of volunteer puppy raisers for Guide Dogs for the Blind, located in Boulder County, Colorado. Our goal is to raise puppies to their fullest potential and to help spread the mission of Guide Dogs for the Blind.
At any given time, we have 10-15 puppies and raiser families, plus a number of valuable puppy sitters. If you are interested in becoming a puppy raiser or sitter, please contact Guide Dogs for the Blind through the puppy raising department, or you can also check our calendar on the right hand side of the screen and come to a meeting to start getting involved! Feel free to join us!