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Good kid: Grass Valley girl raises guide dog

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Jaclynn Peterson of Grass Valley raised a yellow Labrador named Timber and presented it to George Nellas at ceremonies on Dec. 15.

The pups are born at Guide Dogs for the Blind kennels. At age 2 months they are placed in homes of puppy raisers who house-train the pups and teach them social skills. The socializing by the raiser helps to lay a solid foundation for the future work of the dogs as guides.

When the dogs are about 18 months old, they are returned to the school to begin a four- or five-month program of guide dog training with licensed instructors.

Following the completion of training, the dogs are matched with blind people enrolled at the school.

Guide Dogs for the Blind Inc. provides dogs and training free of charge to qualified blind people throughout the United States and Canada.

For more information, write Guide Dogs for the Blind at P.O. Box 151200, San Rafael, CA 95915; phone (800) 295-4050; or visit

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