Graduates

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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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Guide Dog TeamsVisual Assistant Dog TeamsChildren’s Visual Companion Dog Teams

Guide Dog Attar with Peter

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Graduated : May 2016

Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Callie x Reese ’14)
Raised by: Don of Verona, WI
Spacer - 4 namesAngela of Beaver Dam, WI
Nicole of Kenosha, WI
PawsForward Program Oshkosh, WI
Jim & Kristen of Cobb, WI

 Attar is litter-mates with GD Aurora. He is a very outgoing boy. Attar loves making new friends and never stops searching for his next great adventure.  His greatest adventure thus far has been learning to navigate the road construction in front of the home of his new partner, Peter!

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Guide Dog Aurora with Kathy

Female Yellow Labrador Retriever
Graduated:
May 2016
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Callie x Reese ’14)
Raised by: Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
Spacer - 2 namesPawsForward Program Oshkosh, WI
Pat & Ruth of Waunakee, WI
DOB: August 25, 2014

Aurora is litter-mates with PIT Attar. She is a very interactive dog who loves to please.  She also is a very fast walker which made her a perfect match for Kathy who is also a very fast walker and experienced guide dog user.  This pair bonded very quickly and Aurora’s eagerness to please helped to make this a wonderful team.

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Guide Dog Valor with Bruce

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Graduated: October 2015
Bred by: Neverest Labs, Fox Lake, WI (Becky x Reese ’14)
Raised by: PawsForward Program – Oshkosh, WI
Spacer - 4 namesMorris & Kim Davis of Madison, WI
Mary of Mazomanie, WI
Sue of Verona, WI
Mary & Emily of Whitefish Bay, WI 

Valor is a happy, hardworking boy. He was a favorite puppy of ours from the beginning and has matured into a wonderful young man. Bruce worked very hard on brushing up his O & M skills prior to receiving Valor, and it paid off with a great team.

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Guide Dog Xcel with Bill

Male Golden Retriever
Graduated: September 2015
Bred by: Harvestime Kennels, Menasha, WI (Jolly x Slick ’14)
Raised by: Mary of Mazomanie, WI
Spacer - 4 namesBob & Joanne of Plain, WI
PawsForward Program – Oshkosh, WI

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Xcel is a care-free boy who finds the world to be a fascinating place. He is filled with a child-like wonder and always wearing a smile.  He is now learning to watch, not play “Beep Baseball” with his new partner, Bill.

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Sonar & MitchGuide Dog Sonar with Mitch

Female Yellow Labrador Retriever
Graduated: May, 2015
Bred by: Canine Hope for Diabetics, CA (Bella x Teddy ’13)
Raised by: Jim & Lacy of Menasha, WI
Spacer - 4 namesPawsForward Program – Oshkosh, WI
Angela of Beaver Dam, WI
Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI

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Sonar came to us from Canine Hope for Diabetics as a pup who just wasn’t suited to diabetic alerting.  Fortunately for OccuPaws, Sonar was just perfect for a guide dog and will be at Mitch’s side when he goes back to school.

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Tango & PaulGuide Dog Tango with Paul

Male Black Standard Poodle
Graduated: May, 2015
Bred by: Sun-Golden Kennels, Edgerton, WI (Violet x Lincoln ’13)
Raised by: Jennifer of Oshkosh, WI
Spacer - 3 namesKristin of Beloit, WI
PawsForward Program – Oshkosh, WI
Diane of Sun Prairie, WI


Tango is the third full guide dog donated to OccuPaws by Sun Golden Kennels. With a trip planned to Germany, Tango will become our first international traveler. During his training, Tango mastered the art of Zen flying from under the seat!

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Janell and Sully pictureGuide Dog Sully with Janell

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Graduated: October, 2014
Bred by: Iron Country Labradors, Virginia, MN (Stormee x Moose ’13)
Raised by: PAWS Forward Program – Oshkosh, WI
Spacer - 4 namesPatrick & Ruth of Waunakee, WI
 
Sully is a fun-loving boy who is always ready for an adventure and he has found it with his new partner, Janell and her family.  We’re so happy for them!

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mike-smallGuide Dog Polar with Mike

Male Black Standard Poodle
Graduated:  September, 2014
Donated by: Sun-Golden Kennels, Edgerton, WI (Katie x Lincoln ’12)
Raised by: Matt of Lake Mills, WI
Spacer - 4 names
Diane of Sun Prairie, WI
PAWS Forward Program – Oshkosh, WI
Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
                                      According to their instructor, Mike and Polar are both similar – distinguished and proper on the outside but fun-loving and a little goofy on the inside.  Sounds like a perfect match!

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pattyGuide Dog Reagan with Patty

Female Yellow Labrador Retriever
Graduated: September 2014
Donated by: Neverest Labs, Fox Lake, WI (Becky x Owen ’12)
Raised by: Marie Ann & Family of Oshkosh, WI
Spacer - 4 names
PAWS Forward Program – Oshkosh, WI
Angela of Beaver Dam, WI
Kurt & Kristy of Beloit, WI
 Reagan is a loving, loyal companion, and according to her instructor – one of the best and a perfect fit to Patty.  It is obvious watching them together that they have already formed an unbreakable bond! 

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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
Spacer - 4 namesUliana 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 & NuggetGuide Dog Nugget with Mike

Male Golden Retriever
Graduated: May, 2014
From: Janet Seivert  Orange City, FL
Raised by: Sue of Oregon, WI
Spacer - 4 namesPaws 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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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
Spacer - 4 names  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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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
Spacer - 4 namesKurt & 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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Tom & RoniGuide Dog Roni with Tom

Female Black Labrador Retriever
Graduated: August 2013
Bred by: Empress Labradors, IL
Raised by: Don of Verona, WI
Spacer - 4 names 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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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
Spacer - 4 namesRich & 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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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
Spacer - 4 namesJames & 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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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
Spacer - 4 namesDesirae 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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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
Spacer - 4 namesDianne 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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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
Spacer - 4 namesMichael & 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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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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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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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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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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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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photo of guide dog divit with daveGuide Dog Divit with Dave

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Graduated: January 2010
Donated by: Liberty Labradors, WI
Raised by: Kathy & Marcie of Watertown, WI
  

Dave waited over a year for his dream to come true with his hero Divit and now he has his super hero.

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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.  We are sorry to note the passing of Weily over the Rainbow bridge – play well Weily!

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photo of guide dog hanna with jenniGuide Dog Hanna with Jenni

Female Black Labrador Retriever
Graduated: October 2008
Donated & Named in Honor of: Ann Garmon of Anthem Labradors, Harvard, IL
  

Jenni and Hanna make a great team.  Together, they will travel many miles.

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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.

Visual Assistant Dog Teams

Photo of visual assistant dog timber with sophiaVA Dog Timber with Sophia

Male Chocolate Labrador Retriever
Graduated: January 2010
Bred by: Anthem Labradors, Harvard, IL
Raised by: Kathy & Marci of Watertown, WI
Spacer - 1 nameKurt & 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.

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Children’s Visual Companion Dog Teams

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

Female Standard Poodle
Graduated: August 2011
Bred by: Sun-Golden Kennels, Edgerton, WI
Raised by: Ernie of Beloit, WI
Spacer - 4 namesMichelle 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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Photo of Children's visual companion dog Harley with OliviaCVC Dog Harley with Olivia

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Graduated: November 2010
Bred 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, 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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Photo of Children's visual companion dog Banjo with BrookeCVC Dog Banjo with Brooke

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Graduated: September 2010
Bred by: Anthem Labradors, Harvard, IL
Raised by: Michelle and Family of WI
Spacer - 3 namesErnie of Beloit, WI
Jeff & Lisa of Oregon, WI
Kim of Beloit, 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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Photo of Children's visual companion dog Slick with CaitlynCVC Dog Slick with Kaitlyn

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Graduated: December 2009
Bred 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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Photo of Children's visual companion dog Lilly with ValentinoCVC Dog Lilly with Valentino

Female Black Labrador Retriever
Graduated: August 2009
Bred by: Bob & Mary of Chicago, IL
Raised by: Marlene of Beloit, WI
Spacer - 1 nameChuck & Linda of Clinton, WI

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

Photo of Children's visual companion dog moby CVC Dog Moby

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Graduated: June 2009
Bred by: Liberty Labradors, WI
Raised by: Ploegert Family

CVC Dog Bodie

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

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

Children’s Assistance Dog Teams

picture of the shaw familyCA Dog Daisy with Mateo & McHale

Female Black Labrador
Graduated: July 2013
Bred by: Clear Creek Labradors, Roscoe, IL
Raised by: Beth of Waukesha, WI
Spacer - 2 namesDiane 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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Guide Dog Teams