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Puppy Raising – it will change your life

Catherine, breeding dog foster with stud dog Ralphie on a bridge
Catherine and stud Ralphie

From Spotify for Podcasters:

Guided by Love, by Catherine Fenlon
August 2023:  Guiding Eyes Puppy Raising
Guest: Aileen King, Westchester County NY Puppy Raiser


It will change your life, genuinely…

We are pleased to share with you the 2nd podcast highlighting Guiding Eyes from Catherine Fenlon, a high school student and Guiding Eyes volunteer. She was introduced to podcasting in an after-school multimedia workshop and has chosen to focus on raising awareness for the organization. Catherine’s family began volunteering as Home Socializers and have also provided time and care as puppy sitters. They are the Brood/Stud Fosters of female yellow Lab Juniper (1JJ20), and male black Lab, Ralphie (3R20).

Raiser Aileen kneels in grass with hand up giving a cue to released yellow Lab Paisley
Aileen and released pup Paisley, 5yrs old

In Catherine’s second podcast, Guiding With Love, “Guiding Eyes – Puppy Raising”, her guest is Aileen King, a puppy raiser in our Westchester NY region. When she was 12 years old, Aileen and her older brother went to an extracurricular fair where they saw a display for Guiding Eyes for the Blind. Their family knew of the Westchester County organization, but the two were excited to learn more and took that information home. That started the family’s journey as raisers of pups Paisley (3P318), Bocci (1B20), and Ingrid (6II21). In August 2022, Aileen and pup Ingrid represented Guiding Eyes puppy raisers when the organization was featured at the iconic NASDAQ Bell Ringing ceremony.

In Catherine’s first podcast, Guiding With Love, “Guiding Eyes – Further understanding a guide dog’s life”, guest Maria Lazzaro, Breeding Kennel and Brood Stud Program Manager, provided valuable insights into the journey from puppy to guide dog. Visit our blog post highlighting her first podcast here.

Guiding Eyes is grateful for the commitment of this new generation of volunteers, like Catherine and Aileen, who with their families, support the Guiding Eyes mission and make a profound difference in the lives of those who are blind or visually impaired. 

Raiser Aileen kneels in grass with hand of the back of released yellow Lab Paisley

Saying goodby is always going to be the hardest part, but it’s also the best part in the sense that you know the dog is going to go on to do great things.

– Aileen King, Guiding Eyes Puppy Raiser