Moe (aka Momo) is an Autism Dog Services (ADS) golden retriever puppy. He is about 10 wks old, 20 lbs and totally adorable. Our son's girlfriend, Cassie, has volunteered to raise Moe for approximately 12 to 18 months until he is ready for more formal service dog training with ADS trainers.
ADS provides service dogs for children between the ages of 3 and 18 with autism and related disorders in Central and Southwestern Ontario.
Volunteer foster puppy raisers are responsible for taking ADS puppies out in public in their service dog jacket to expose the puppies to unfamiliar environments such as shopping malls, movie theaters, parks, playgrounds, buses, trains, grocery stores and also around people of different ages, and other animals, etc. The puppies must be exposed to all the sights, sounds and smells they might encounter as service dogs. Foster families are responsible for taking the puppy to routine veterinary appointments, but ADS covers the cost of veterinary care for all puppies in training.
Puppy raisers are provided with puppy food donated by Eukanuba and training equipment. ADS also provides puppy training and socialization classes at central locations for the foster families. Raising a puppy for ADS is a big responsibility. I can tell Cassie loves every minute of it.
Cassie picked up Moe on Tuesday. He is settling into his new home and loving all the attention. My Mom and I drove to Guelph on Saturday to meet Moe. Our son introduced us before taking Moe outside to play.
Moe is even more adorable in person. He plays, eats, goes outside then sleeps. He's a perfect puppy.
I'm so glad we got to meet Moe while he is still little. He is such a good boy, everybody is sure to love Moe.
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