Graduates

   

   Graduates

The OccuPaws Board of Directors is proud to introduce to you our graduate teams. Thank you to all who helped change the lives of these graduates. Without your support, the raising, training, and placement of these “miracle” dogs would not have been possible.
 
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Jeffrey & Pilot

jeff-pilotGuide Dog Pilot with Jeff

Male Chocolate Labrador Retriever
Graduated: June, 2014
From: Neverest Labs  Fox Lake, WI
Raised by: Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
Uliana of Pardeeville, WI
Paws Forward of Oshkosh, WI
                                       Don of Verona, WI
“The Life of PI” became complete in June, 2014 when he met his soulmate, Jeff.  Ellie, our GDMI who taught Jeff how to work with Pilot, said they were a perfect match-both relaxed, full of fun and made each other happy.

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Mike & Nugget

Mike & NuggetGuide Dog Nugget with Mike

Male Golden Retriever
Graduated: May, 2014
From: Janet Seivert  Orange City, FL
Raised by: Sue of Oregon, WI
Paws Forward of Oshkosh, WI
Nugget has moved into the home and hearts of his new partner Mike and his family.  Reports from the family are that the only difficulty was not getting to cuddle with Nugget those first few days  that the new team was bonding.  That wait is over.

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Debra & Murphy

photo of debra and murphyGuide Dog Murphy with Debra

Male Black Standard Poodle
Graduated: April,  2014
Donated by: Sun-Golden Kennels - Edgerton, WI
Raised by: Paws Forward of Oshkosh, WI
                  Dianne of Sun Prairie, WI
 

Murphy is the second poodle to graduate from OccuPaws and the first adult guide dog.  Debra reports even though she had to wait a long time for a poodle, Murphy was well worth the wait.

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Nicole & Patti

Picture of Patti and NicoleGuide Dog Patti with Nicole

Female Black Labrador Retriever
Graduated: November 2013
Donated by:  Empress Labradors, IL
Raised by: Nealy of Germantown, WI
                 Kurt & Kristy of Beloit, WI
 
 

Patti joined OccuPaws at 8 months old after being shown at bench.  Patti is a sweet, soft girl who loves being pampered in her new home by her whole forever family.

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Roni & Tom

Tom & RoniGuide Dog Roni with Tom

Female Black Labrador Retriever
Graduated: August 2013
Bred by: Empress Labradors, IL
Raised by: Don of Verona, WI
Sue of Verona, WI
 

Roni joined OccuPaws at 9 months old after being shown at bench. Her laid-back attitude and easy-going approach to life are a perfect match for Tom. She has already inspired him to start making changes in his life.

 

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Journey & Jen

Jennifer & JourneyGuide Dog Journey with Jen

Female Yellow Labrador Retriever
Graduated: August 2013
Bred by: Neverest Labs, Fox Lake, WI
Raised by: Desirae & Family of Fox Lake, WI
Rich & Uliana of Pardeeville, WI
 

Jen is an experienced guide dog user but new to OccuPaws. Journey and Jen are sure to have many adventures as they begin a new year as college students.

 

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Angus & Leo

Graduates Angus & LeoGuide Dog Angus with Leo

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Graduated: May 2013
Bred by: OccuPaws’ Brood Bitch, Roxie, & Stud Services by Neverest Labs, Fox Lake, WI
Raised by: Marlette of Verona, WI
                 James & Julie of Verona, WI
  

Angus is litter-mates with Guide Dog Graduates Apple and Amber. Since their very first interview, Angus and Leo have been fast friends and a great team.

 

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Amber & Marc

Graduates Amber & MarcGuide Dog Amber with Marc

Female Black Labrador Retriever
Graduated: December 2012
Bred by: OccuPaws’ Brood Bitch, Roxie, & Stud Services by Neverest Labs, Fox Lake, WI
Raised by: Mark & Barb Cross Plains, WI
                 Desirae of Fox Lake, WI
                 Gil of Kendall, WI
                 Mark & Amanda of Belleville, WI
 

Amber is litter-mates with Guide Dog Graduates Apple and Angus.  When she met Marc, it was love at first lick!  They have bonded very quickly and make a fantastic team.

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Meadow & Susan

Guide Dog Meadow with SusanGuide Dog Meadow with Susan

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Graduated: October 2012
Donated by: Shamrock Acres, Waunakee, WI
Raised by: Kathy & Marci of Watertown, WI
                  Dianne of Sun Prairie, WI
 

Meadow loves being part of the action, so we were thrilled when he chose Susan and her busy household with 3 children.  Meadow’s upturned nose and waggy tail turn every greeting into a happy one.

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Apple & Angeline

angeline with appleGuide Dog Apple with Angeline

Female Black Labrador Retriever
Graduated: September 2012
Bred by: OccuPaws’ Brood Bitch, Roxie, & Stud Services by Neverest Labs, Fox Lake, WI
Raised by: Kristin of Beloit, WI
                  Michael & Christine of Mazomanie, WI
 

Apple is litter-mates with Guide Dog Graduate Amber and Angus.  Apple and Angeline have definitely bonded so this will be a great team.

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Gordy & Michael

photo of guide dog gordy with michaelGuide Dog Gordy with Michael

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Graduated: June 2012
Sponsored by: Gordon Flesch Foundation
Donated by: Shamrock Acres Kennels, Waunakee, WI
Raised by: Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI

At his graduation ceremony, it was obvious Gordy was well loved and will have lots of hugs from Michael and his family.

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Linus & Jeannie

photo of guide dog linus with jeanneGuide Dog Linus with Jeannie

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Graduated: January 2012
Donated by: Anthem Labradors, Harvard, IL
Raised by: Kurt & Kristy of Beloit, WI  
 

Linus is a sweet, gentle boy; a perfect soul-mate to his new partner. Linus will soon be learning some new service dog skills to adapt to his partner’s changing needs.

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Sparta & Tami

photo of guide dog sparta with tamiGuide Dog Sparta with Tami

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Graduated: July 2011
Bred by: OccuPaws’ Brood Bitch, Roxie & Stud Services by Liberty Labradors, WI
Raised by: Kathy & Marcie of Watertown, WI
  

Sparta is now a regular train commuter between Kenosha and Chicago, as well as a veteran on the El. Sparta is a litter-mate of Guide Dog Sonny.

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Sonny & Jeremiah

photo of guide dog sonny with jeremiahGuide Dog Sonny with Jeremiah

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Graduated: July 2011
Bred by: OccuPaws’ Brood Bitch, Roxie & Stud Services by Liberty Labradors, WI
Raised by: Deb of Sun Prairie, WI
  

At graduation, Jeremiah wowed the audience with an Elvis song good enough to turn Sonny into a hound dog for just an instant! Sonny is a litter-mate of Guide Dog Sparta.

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Deegan & Randy

photo of guide dog deegan with randyGuide Dog Deegan with Randy

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Graduated: March 2010
Donated by: Anthem Labradors, Harvard, IL
Raised by: Theresa of Janesville, WI
  

Deegan’s name means “Black Hair” in Gaelic.  He and Randy, the mayor of Sheboygan Falls, will be doing great things in the future.

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Weily & Lisa

photo of guide dog weily with lisaGuide Dog Weily with Lisa

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Graduated: October 2008
Donated by: Ryan & Jennifer of Greenwood, WI
  

With Weily’s help, Lisa can safely and confidently navigate busy downtown areas while maintaining a job and a busy family life.

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Gilbert & Allison

photo of guide doggilbert  with allisonGuide Dog Gilbert with Allison

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Graduated: August 2008
Donated by: Anthem Labradors, Harvard, IL
  

Allison and Gilbert were the first guide dog team to graduate from OccuPaws. Gilbert has given Allison the confidence and pride to safely navigate her college campus.

Timber & Sophia

Photo of visual assistant dog timber with sophiaVisual Assistant Dog Timber with Sophia

Male Chocolate Labrador Retriever
Graduated: January 2010
Donated by: Anthem Labradors, Harvard, IL
Raised by: Kathy & Marci of Watertown, WI
                Kurt & Kristy of Beloit, WI
  

Sophia and Timber graduated as a CVC Dog Team. However, the pair are now taking on more responsibility and working to gain more independence.  We look forward to seeing them continue to develop new skills together.

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Candy & Sawyer

Photo of Children's visual companion dog Candy with SawyerCVC Dog Candy with Sawyer

Female Standard Poodle
Graduated: August 2011
Donated by: Sun-Golden Kennels, Edgerton, WI
Raised by: Ernie of Beloit, WI
                Michelle of Janesville, WI
                Sue of Janesville, WI
                Dietrich of Madison, WI
                James of Verona, WI
  

Candy is our first standard poodle placement.  The feel of a labrador’s coat when pet backwards was unnatural to Sawyer but when we discovered that a poodle felt just right, we knew Candy was the dog for the job.

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Harley & Olivia

Photo of Children's visual companion dog Harley with OliviaCVC Dog Harley with Olivia

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Graduated: November 2010
Donated by: Anthem Labradors, Harvard, IL
Raised by: Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
  

Once Harley learned that is WAS OK to get on Olivia’s bed, the pair was officially trained. Otherwise, without that critical component, Olivia would have been forced to share a dog bed with Harley in the living room, because she was NOT going to let him sleep alone!

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Banjo & Brooke

Photo of Children's visual companion dog Banjo with BrookeCVC Dog Banjo with Brooke

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Graduated: September 2010
Donated by: Anthem Labradors, Harvard, IL
                  Kim of Beloit, WI
Raised by: Michelle and Family of WI
                Ernie of Beloit, WI
                Jeff & Lisa of Oregon, WI

 

At graduation, Brooke’s mother said that Banjo is going above and beyond the call of a CVC dog and has become Brooke’s soul-mate.

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Slick & Kaitlyn

Photo of Children's visual companion dog Slick with CaitlynCVC Dog Slick with Kaitlyn

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Graduated: December 2009
Donated by: Anthem Labradors, Harvard, IL
Raised by: Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
  

Pam Reich, an OccuPaws board member and Kaitlyn’s O & M teacher, suggested the match and was she ever right!  Slick decided that Kaitlyn was the perfect match for him and they are now best friends forever.

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Lilly & Valentino

Photo of Children's visual companion dog Lilly with ValentinoCVC Dog Lilly with Valentino

Female Black Labrador Retriever
Graduated: August 2009
Donated by: Bob & Mary of Chicago, IL
Raised by: Marlene of Beloit, WI
                Chuck & Linda of Clinton, WI  
 

Tino and Lilly are a perfect match!!  They bonded immediately and have become inseparable pals.

Bodie & Child

CVC Dog Bodie

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Graduated: June 2009
Donated by: Anthem Labradors, Harvard, IL
  

Bodie was the first CVC Dog to graduate from OccuPaws.  Life has dramatically changed with the addition of Bodie.

Daisy & Mateo and McHale

picture of the shaw familyCA Dog Daisy with Mateo & McHale

Female Black Labrador
Graduated: July 2013
Donated by: Clear Creek Labradors, Roscoe, IL
Raised by: Beth of Waukesha, WI
Diane of Sun Prairie, WI
PawsForward of Oshkosh, WI
 

Daisy, formerly known as Natty, has found a job perfect for her, as a children’s assistance dog for Mateo and McHale. She will be the most pampered, cuddled and hugged dog that we have seen.

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