When Chloe Gonzales tells people that she and her boyfriend and raise guide dog puppies, their first reaction is almost always, "How do you let them go? I could never do that."
More than 100 guide dog puppies are being raised all over Texas. All sorts of people raise puppies: retired people, high-schoolers, college students, single people, families, children (with the permission and support of their parents), people with full-time jobs. And the most fun part is that the old saying is true for guide dogs, too: It takes a village.
Chloe and Tyler decided to raise their first guide dog puppy knowing that he would live with them for more than a year, and then they would take him to California and drop him off at the Guide Dogs for the Blind campus.
It was exciting, and it also was daunting: What if they fell in love with the puppy and couldn’t bear giving him away?
Read more about what it’s like to be a puppy raiser for Guide Dogs for the Blind in a story on our premium website.