Guide Dogs in Training

   

   Guide Dogs in Training

The OccuPaws Board of Directors is proud to introduce to you our Guide Dogs in Training.

If you would like to donate a young dog or puppy to OccuPaws,
please send an email to our Breeding Director.

Visit Puppy Raising FAQ for additional information on how our puppies are raised

Visit Training FAQ for additional information on the things our dogs learn

Valor

PIT Valor Profile PictureNeverest Mighty Man of Valor “Valor”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Neverest Labs, Fox Lake, WI (Becky x Reese ’14)
Raised by: PawsForward Program – Oshkosh, WI
                 Morris & Kim Davis of Madison, WI
                 Mary of Mazomanie, WI
                                                    Sue of Verona, WI
                                                    Mary & Emily of Whitefish Bay, WI
                                    DOB: September 20, 2014
 
Training Stage: Formal Harness Training
Valor is a happy, hardworking boy. He was a favorite puppy of ours from the beginning and has matured into a wonderful young man.
Valor began his formal harness training in May 2015. He is currently residing with our Guide Dog Mobility Instructor in Portland, OR.

Witing

Witing (150x150)Harvestime Bazinga of OccuPaws “Witing” CGCA

Male Golden Retriever
Bred by: Harvestime Kennels, Menasha, WI (Joy x Slick ’13)
Raised by: PawsForward Program – Oshkosh, WI
                 Courtney of Verona, WI
                 Jim & Kristen of Cobb, WI
                 Sue of Verona, WI
                                                      Kelsey of Waunakee, WI
                                     DOB: December 31, 2013 
 
Training Stage: Awaiting Formal Harness Training
Witing is a calm, amicable boy with just a dash of clever wit. He loves everyone and is always eager to please his handler.
Witing passed his formal harness training evaluation in April 2015. He is waiting for a spot to open to begin his formal harness training and taking some more time to mature.

Xcel

Xcel (149x150)Harvestime Xceling for You “Xcel”

Male Golden Retriever
Bred by: Harvestime Kennels, Menasha, WI (Jolly x Slick ’14)
Raised by: Mary of Mazomanie, WI
                 Bob & Joanne of Plain, WI
                 PawsForward Program – Oshkosh, WI 
DOB: March 28, 2014
 
Training Stage: Formal Harness Training
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.
Xcel began his formal harness training in May 2015. He is currently residing with a foster family in Portland, OR.

Yahtzee

Yahtzee (150x150)Neverest Luck of the Roll “Yahtzee”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Neverest Labs, Fox Lake, WI (Zoey x Reese ’14)
Raised by: PawsForward Program – Oshkosh, WI
                 Kurt & Kristy of Beloit, WI
                 Mary & Emily of Whitefish Bay, WI
                                                    Don of Verona, WI
                                                    Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
                                      DOB: April 15, 2014
 
Training Stage: Awaiting Formal Harness Training
Yahtzee is a super sweet and laid-back boy. He is an efficient thinker; always trying to get the most done while expending the least amount of effort.
Yahtzee passed his formal harness training evaluation in April 2015. He is currently finalizing his medical clearances.

Yazz

Yazz (150x150)Neverest Bringing Order “Yazz”

Female Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Neverest Labs, Fox Lake, WI (Prudence x Reese ’14)
Veterinary Sponsor: Animal Hospital of Oshkosh
Raised by: PawsForward Program – Oshkosh, WI
DOB: April 27, 2014
 
Training Stage: Awaiting Formal Harness Training
Yazz is a happy, confident girl with a lot of spunk and pizzazz. She loves to be on the move and an active participant in any excursion.
Yazz passed her formal harness training evaluation in April 2015. She is currently waiting her turn to begin training and taking some time to mature further.

Zelda

Zelda(150x149)Plumtree Happy to Please “Zelda”

Female Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Plumtree Labradors, Hampshire, IL (Tiger x Tar ’14)
Raised by: PawsForward Program – Oshkosh, WI
                 Mary of Mazomanie, WI
DOB: July 17, 2014
 
Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Zelda is litter-mates with PIT Zest. Zelda is a reserved girl with a keen sense of observation. She is still figuring out the world around her.
Zelda is currently working on mastering home behaviors and participating in confidence building exercises in order to increase her sense of independence.

Zest

Zest (149x150)Plumtree Eager to Please “Zest”

Female Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Plumtree Labradors, Hampshire, IL (Tiger x Tar ’14)
Raised by: PawsForward Program – Oshkosh, WI
                 Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
                 Sue of Verona, WI
DOB: July 17, 2014
 
Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Zest is litter-mates with PIT Zelda. Zest is a calm, balanced puppy with a very sweet, affectionate side and just a dash of playfulness.
Zest is a possible addition to our breeding program, but first she must pass all of her evaluations to prove that she could be a successful working guide dog.

Aepic

A Litter Yellow Collar 7 wks (200x200)Neverest Unsung Virtue of Heroes “Aepic”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Callie x Reese ’14)
Raised by: Kelsey of Waunakee, WI
                 Pat & Ruth of Waunakee, WI
DOB: August 25, 2014
 
Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Aepic is litter-mates with PIT Attar & PIT Aurora. He is a very calm, thoughtful boy. Aepic is maturing quickly and handling responsibility well.
Aepic is currently being raised with an OccuPaws Career Change dog. He works alongside his raiser at a hospital and visits with the nursing staff and patients when he’s not sitting in long meetings. 

Attar

Attar (150x150)Neverest Blessed Rain “Attar”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Callie x Reese ’14)
Raised by: Don of Verona, WI
                 Angela of Beaver Dam, WI
                                                     Nicole of Kenosha, WI
                                                     PawsForward Program – Oshkosh, WI
                                                     Jim & Kristen of Cobb, WI
                                    DOB: August 25, 2014
 
Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Attar is litter-mates with PIT Aepic & PIT Aurora. He is a very outgoing boy. Attar loves making new friends. He never stops searching for his next great adventure.
Attar attends community college with his raiser where he assists in teaching nursing skills. He spends long hours snoring through lectures.

Aurora

Aurora (150x150)Neverest Illuminate the Future “Aurora”

Female Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Callie x Reese ’14)
Veterinary Sponsor: Animal Hospital of Oshkosh
Raised by: Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
                 PawsForward Program  Oshkosh, WI
DOB: August 25, 2014
 
Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Aurora is litter-mates with PIT Aepic & PIT Attar. She is a very interactive little girl. Aurora loves exploring the world and meeting new people.
Aurora is working hard to refine and generalize her skill set. This is her first rotation to another puppy raiser.

Bond

Bond (150x150)Forrest von Granville “Bond” CGC

Male Black German Shepherd
Bred by: Granville German Shepherds, Itasca, IL (Piper x Berlin ’14)
Raised by: Kelsey of Waunakee, WI
                 Annika of Lake Mills, WI
DOB: September 29, 2014

 

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Bond is a very smart boy who is eager to please his handler and master new tasks. He loves interacting with people and has the sweetest, gentlest nature.
Bond is living in an apartment complex; hard work for such a big boy! He is currently being raised by a massage therapist. Needless to say, he loves going to work! 

Blessing

Blessing (150x150)Neverest Divine Gift “Blessing”

Female Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Maizy x Owen ’14)
Raised by: Bob & Joanne of Plain, WI
                 PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
                 Don of Verona, WI
                                   DOB: October 2, 2014
 
Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Blessing is litter-mates with PIT Bonus & PIT Braille. Blessing is a gorgeous little girl who just cannot get enough love and attention!
Blessing is being raised with two pre-teens. She has a wonderful skill set and is now working on learning to apply it carefully and gracefully.

Bonus

Bonus (150x150)Neverest Little Something Extra “Bonus”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Maizy x Owen ’14)
Veterinary Sponsor: Animal Hospital of Oshkosh
Raised by: PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
DOB: October 2, 2014
 
Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Bonus is litter-mates with PIT Blessing & PIT Braille. Bonus is an easy-going boy who can make himself at home anywhere. He was an unexpected – bonus – addition to our program.
Bonus is currently taking many trips out of the correctional institute to a socializers’ home to learn more about house manners and the noises and hustle & bustle of home life.

Braille

Braille (150x149)Neverest A Touch of Genius “Braille”

Female Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Maizy x Owen ’14)
Raised by: Kurt & Kristy of Beloit, WI
DOB: October 2, 2014

 

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Braille is litter-mates with PIT Blessing & PIT Bonus. Braille was a favorite from early on. We had our eye on her and are excited that she has grown into a wonderful fit for our program.
Braille is currently residing in the suburbs. Both of her raisers are teachers, so some days she is a 1st grader at an area elementary school and other days she is an 8th grader at an area middle school. 

Beacon

Beacon (150x150)Anduin River Guiding Light “Beacon”

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Anduin River Labradors
Raised by: PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
                 Cathy of Mount Horeb, WI
DOB: October 8, 2014
 
Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Beacon is a quiet, unassuming boy. He likes to take things easy. Beacon has been learning quickly and is a pleasure to have around.
Beacon is currently being raised on a farm. He loves life in the country with all of the exciting things to explore and space to stretch his legs.

Cadet

Cadet (150x150)Harvestimes Moral Compass “Cadet”

Male Golden Retriever
Bred by: Harvestime Kennels, Menasha, WI (Breeze x Slick ’14)
Veterinary Sponsor: Animal Hospital of Oshkosh
Raised by: PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
DOB: December 19, 2014 
 
Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Cadet is an almost full sibling to PIT Witing. Even at a young age, he already displays the cadet moral honor code of character + leadership. We know he will be a wonderful trainee.
Somewhere between body doubling as a polar bear stuffed animal and getting hugs from every officer in the correctional institute, Cadet finds time to explore the outside world with socializers.

Duke

Duke (150x150)“Duke”

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: ClearCreek Labradors (Bizzie x Preston ’15)
Raised by: Bob & Joanne of Plain, WI
DOB: March 6, 2014

 

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Duke is one easy-going boy! He is very sweet natured and willing to tag along anywhere with his handler.
Duke is currently being raised by a volunteer EMT. He is a regular and much beloved member of his area firehouse.

Ebony

Ebony(150x150)Schaefers DK Ebony “Ebony”

Female Black and Tan German Shepherd
Bred by: Schaefers’ German Shepherds, East Newport, ME
             (Kimara x Diesel ’15) 
Donated by: Granville German Shepherds, Itasca, IL
Veterinary Sponsor: Animal Hospital of Oshkosh
                                   Raised by: PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
                                   DOB: May 6, 2015
 
Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Ebony is an adventurous little girl. She loves making new friends and exploring the world around her.
Ebony has begun her early socialization and is learning all about the fun and interesting things life has to offer.

Endeavour

Endeavour (150x150)Schaefers DK Endeavour “Endeavour”

Male Black and Tan German Shepherd
Bred by: Schaefers’ German Shepherds, East Newport, ME
             (Kimara x Diesel ’15) 
Donated by: Granville German Shepherds, Itasca, IL
Raised by: Kelsey of Waunakee, WI
                                   DOB: May 6, 2015
 
Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Endeavour is a little thinker and problem solver. He loves puzzles and learning new things about the world around him.
Endeavour is being raised with some great role models who are veterans of our guide dog program. He loves copying his mentors.

Encore

Encore (150x150)Harvestimes Repeat Performance “Encore”

Female Golden Retriever
Bred by: Harvestime Kennels, Menasha, WI (Jolly x Peak ’15)
Raised by: Barry & Cheryl of Madison, WI
DOB: May 24, 2015 
 
Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Encore is a bold and daring little girl. She is ready to tackle any situation with confidence and gusto.
Encore is being raised in the suburbs by first time puppy raisers and their two other family goldens.