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.

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Zest (150x225)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
Spacer - 3 namesMark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
Kurt & Kristy of Beloit, WI
Sue of Verona, WI
DOB: July 17, 2014

Training Stage: Awaiting Evaluation
Zest is a calm, balanced puppy with a very sweet, affectionate side and just a dash of playfulness. She enjoys a quieter lifestyle.
Zest is having her skills assessed and polished as she prepares for her next phase of training. We are also waiting for her final health clearances which she will receive at 2 years old.

Blessing (150x200)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
Spacer - 3 namesDon of Verona, WI
PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
Kurt & Kristy of Beloit, WI
DOB: October 2, 2014

Training Stage: Formal Harness Training
Blessing is litter-mates with PIT Bonus. Blessing is a gorgeous little girl who just cannot get enough love and attention!
Blessing began her formal harness training in May 2016. She will hopefully return to WI this fall to be placed with her partner. Blessing is currently residing with a foster family in Portland, OR.

Bonus (150x175)Neverest Little Something Extra “Bonus”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Maizy x Owen ’14)
Raised by: PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
Spacer - 1 nameJim & Kristen of Cobb, WI
DOB: October 2, 2014

Training Stage: Formal Harness Training
Bonus is litter-mates with PIT Blessing. Bonus is an easy-going boy who can make himself at home anywhere. He was an unexpected – bonus – addition to our program.
Bonus began his formal harness training in April 2016. He will hopefully return to WI this fall to be placed with his partner. Bonus is currently residing with one of our Guide Dog Mobility Instructors in Portland, OR.

Beacon (150x175)Anduin River Guiding Light CGC “Beacon”

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Anduin River Labradors, West Allis, WI (Libby x George ’14)
Raised by: PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
Spacer - 2 namesCathy of Mount Horeb, WI
Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
DOB: October 8, 2014

Training Stage: Formal Harness Training
Beacon is a mellow, unassuming boy. He likes to take things easy. Beacon has been learning quickly and is a pleasure to have around.
Beacon began his formal harness training in May 2016. He will hopefully return to WI this fall to be placed with his partner. Beacon is currently residing with a foster family in Portland, OR.

Cadet (150x175)Harvestimes Moral Compass “Cadet”

Male Golden Retriever
Bred by: Harvestime Kennels, Menasha, WI (Breeze x Slick ’14)
Raised by: PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
Spacer - 1 nameCourtney of Verona, WI
DOB: December 19, 2014

Training Stage: Awaiting Formal Harness Training
Cadet is an absolute sweetheart. He falls in love with everyone he meets and always wears a big smile on his face.
Cadet passed his Formal Harness Training Readiness Assessment in May 2016. He is currently waiting for a spot to open so that he can begin his final stage of training. In the meantime he has a few skills to polish.

Duke (150x200)“Duke”

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: ClearCreek Labradors, Roscoe, IL (Bizzie x Preston ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Animal Hospital of Oshkosh
Raised by: Bob & Joanne of Plain, WI
Spacer - 2 namesDale of Barneveld, WI
PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
DOB: March 6, 2015

Training Stage: Awaiting Formal Harness Training
Duke is one easy-going boy! He is very sweet natured and tries very hard to learn new skills and please his handler.
Duke passed his Formal Harness Training Readiness Assessment in May 2016. He is currently waiting for a spot to open so he can begin his final phase of training. In the meantime he is further maturing.

Encore (150x175)Harvestimes Repeat Performance “Encore”

Female Golden Retriever
Bred by: Harvestime Kennels, Menasha, WI (Jolly x Peak ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Animal Hospital of Oshkosh
Raised by: Barry & Cheryl of Madison, WI
Spacer - 1 namePawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
DOB: May 24, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Encore is a bold and daring little girl. She is ready to tackle any new situation or environment with confidence and gusto.
Encore is working with her inmate raisers and community socializers to generalize her obedience skills and manners to a variety of environments and handlers. 

Faith (150x175)Sharmik’s Faithful Swimmer “Faith”

Female Black Standard Poodle
Bred by: Sun-Golden Kennels, Edgerton, WI (River x Shadow ’15)
Raised by: PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
Spacer - 1 nameDiane of Sun Prairie, WI
DOB: June 15, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Faith is litter-mates with PIT Finn. She is a beautiful girl and loves to show it off. Faith is quite the adventurer and loves to discover new things.
Faith goes to work at her city’s county clerks office.  She is very familiar with the election process and helping to issue dog licenses to all her friends.

Finn (150x175)Sharmik’s Swim Fins CGC “Finn”

Male Black Standard Poodle
Bred by: Sun-Golden Kennels, Edgerton, WI (River x Shadow ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Adams Marquette Veterinary Service
Raised by: Corin & Kim of Baraboo, WI
Spacer - 1 namePawsForward – Oxford, WI
DOB: June 15, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Finn is a litter-mates with PIT Faith. He is an active little boy with a strong desire to explore the world around him.
Finn is working with his inmate raisers on focusing in more distracting environments including around strange people and dogs.

Felix (150x175)The Captain’s The Lucky One “Felix”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: The Captain’s Labradors, Lake Shore, MN (Farrah X Chester ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Animal Hospital of Oshkosh
Raised by: Don of Verona, WI
Spacer - 2 namesCassie of Madison, WI
Katie of Madison, WI
PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
DOB: June 16, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Felix is litter-mates with PIT Flint. Felix is sweet, friendly boy who loves to play and cuddle.  He has a lot on his mind and enjoys discovering the world.
Felix is currently being raised in the Oshkosh Correctional Institution. He is working with his raisers on overcoming that pesky teenage brain and focusing on his very important job.

Flint (150x175)The Captain’s Primitive Tool “Flint”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: The Captain’s Labradors, Lake Shore, MN (Farrah X Chester ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Animal Hospital of Oshkosh
Raised by: Bob & Joanne of Plain, WI
Spacer - 1 namePawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
DOB: June 16, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Flint is litter-mates with PIT Felix. He is a happy, loving boy with a great attitude. Flint loves to explore and interact with the world around him.
Flint is working with his inmate raisers and community socializers to learn to remain calm and relaxed in a variety of social settings and environments.

Gina (150x175)Radda’s Remembering the Fallen “Gina”

Female Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Radda Labradors, Ball Ground, GA (Tessa x Rogue ’15)
Raised by: Cassie of Madison, WI
Don of Verona, WI
Lexi & Family of Evansville, WI
DOB: June 30, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Gina is a loyal girl who bonds very strongly with her handlers. She will go to the ends of the earth to please her person and is always loving and affectionate.
Gina lives with a family with a teenage daughter who is the primary trainer.  She is raising Gina as part of a class project. Gina attends high school with her every day.

Honor (150x150)Labrook’s Prestigious Purpose “Honor”

Female Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: LaBrook Labradors, Culdesac, ID (Bree x Teddy ’15)
Raised by: Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
DOB: July 18, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Honor is a lively, social girl who loves people and exploring the world around her. She has a very inquisitive mind.
Honor is being raised by a retired couple. She continues to work on developing her self-control and ability to adapt and work with different handlers.

Harvey (150x150)“Harvey”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: The Captain’s Labradors, Lake Shore, MN (Clipper X Chester ’15)
Raised by: PawsForward- Oshkosh, WI
Spacer - 1 nameDon of Verona, WI
DOB: July 24, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Harvey is litter-mates with PIT Higgins. He is a quiet, sensitive and very gentle boy. Harvey joined out program at 9 months old and is quickly learning the ropes of being a service dog.
Harvey is being raised in a home with two pre-teens. He helps his raiser volunteer at an area elementary school and tutor young children.

Higgins (150x150)“Higgins”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: The Captain’s Labradors, Lake Shore, MN (Clipper X Chester ’15)
Raised by: Jim & Kristen of Cobb, WI
DOB: July 24, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Higgins is litter-mates with PIT Harvey. He is a bold boy but also very sweet and gentle. Higgins joined our program at 9 months old and is working to catch-up on his training.
Higgins is being raised by a college nursing professor. He attends community college and sleeps through all his classes.

The Captain’s Mr. Williams “Hank”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: The Captain’s Labradors, Lake Shore, MN (Clipper X Chester ’15)
Raised by:  Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
DOB: July 24, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Hank is litter-mates with PIT Higgins and Harvey who joined us a couple months ago.  We were so impressed at the  quiet, sensitive and very gentle nature of this litter, we just had to get two more – Hank and Hooper.
Harvey is being raised in a home with a retired couple who should have plenty of time to teach him the basics.  He knows no obedience as yet, but is a quick learner.

The Captain’s Stuntman “Hooper”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: The Captain’s Labradors, Lake Shore, MN (Clipper X Chester ’15)
Raised by: Dale & Family of Barneveld, WI
DOB: July 24, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Hooper is also litter-mates with PIT Higgins and Harvey. He is a bit bolder than his three brothers, but still very much a calm, easy going dog.  He has had a bit of obedience training, so he should catch up quickly .
Hooper is being raised in a home with a family who also has time to teach him the basics. He knows just enough to keep him out of the dog house.

Neverest Staying In Front CGC “Indy”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Callie x Sailor ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Adams Marquette Veterinary Service
Raised by: PawsForward – Oxford, WI
Spacer - 1 nameMark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
DOB: September 14, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Indy is litter-mates with PIT Ike, PIT Isaac, PIT Ivan, and PIT Ivy. He is a laid-back boy who is as sweet as them come. Indy is usually the first of his litter-mates to learn a new behavior.
Indy is working living in a home for a while to develop a little more confidence around new and strange situations. He is also working on adding some more advanced skills to his repertoire.

I Litter Green Collar 7 wks (200x200)Neverest Faithful Sacrifice CGC “Isaac”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Callie x Sailor ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Adams Marquette Veterinary Service
Raised by: PawsForward – Oxford, WI
Spacer - 1 nameSean, Shelia & Family of Janesville, WI
DOB: September 14, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Isaac is litter-mates with PIT Ike, PIT Indy, PIT Ivan and PIT Ivy. He is a very easy going boy who likes to have a little time and space to figure things out.
After Isaac finished working with several inmate raisers to help him learn to be comfortable adapting to other handlers and to discover his own independence, he has now moved into a very active family so he has plenty of new discoveries.

Neverest Gracious Gift CGC “Ivan”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Callie x Sailor ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Adams Marquette Veterinary Service
Raised by: PawsForward – Oxford, WI
DOB: September 14, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Ivan is litter-mates with PIT Ike, PIT Indy, PIT Isaac, and PIT Ivy. He is a very observant boy who loves to explore his environment.
Ivan is working with his inmate raisers to be able to generalize his skills to other environments and with distractions present.

IvyOccuPaws Always Faithful “Ivy”

Female Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Callie x Sailor ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Adams Marquette Veterinary Service
Raised by: PawsForward – Oxford, WI
DOB: September 14, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Ivy is litter-mates with PIT Ike, PIT Indy, PIT Isaac and PIT Ivan. She is a very soft, sensitive girl who needs a gentle soul to bring out her potential. Ivy joined our program at 8 months old.
Ivy is working with her inmate raisers to discover some confidence in new situations and to learn her basic obedience and manners.

Jordy (150x150)Neverest We Need You Back “Jordy”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Neverest Labradors, Fox Lake, WI (Hadley x Chester ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Animal Hospital of Oshkosh
Raised by: PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
Spacer - 1 nameKatie of Madison, WI
DOB: October 20, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Jordy is a calm, amicable boy. He has a sweet nature and a laid-back personality but is learning new skills quickly and doing well generalizing the skills he’s been developing since early puppyhood.
Jordy likes to work at his own pace so he is working with his inmate raisers to build a stronger motivation and desire for his job.

Karma (150x175)Maple Ridge’s Meant to Be “Karma”

Female Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Maple Ridge Labradors, Bagley, MN (Lady x Sailor ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Adams Marquette Veterinary Service
Raised by: Bob & Joanne of Plain, WI
Don of Verona, WI
PawsForward – Oxford, WI
DOB: November 13, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Karma is a sweet, soft girl. She likes to take her time getting to know new people and exploring the world around her.
Karma will spend some time in Oxford FCI with the inmates.  Hopefully Karma will gain a bit of self control to go along with her great obedience.

Kismet (150x150)Maple Ridge’s In the Stars “Kismet”

Female Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Maple Ridge Labradors, Bagley, MN (Lady x Sailor ’15)
Veterinary Sponsor: Adams Marquette Veterinary Service
Raised by: Sean, Sheila & Family of Janesville, WI
Spacer - 1 namePawsForward – Oxford, WI
DOB: November 13, 2015

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Kismet is an enthusiastic and energetic girl. She loves tackling new challenges and is a sponge when it comes to learning new skills.
Kismet was being raised by a family with four young children, and now will be working with the inmates at Oxford-FCI as she hones her skills.

Liberty (150x150)Sunrise Goldens Liberty “Liberty”

Male Golden Retriever
Donated by: Sunrise Goldens, Fond du Lac, WI (Talullah X Bear ’16)
Raised by: Jason & Kourtney of Madison, WI
Spacer - 1 nameBeth & family of Madison, WI
DOB: January 1, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Liberty is a huge sweetheart and loves any attention he can get. He is very enthusiastic about his training and loves showing off everything he is learning.
Liberty was being raised by a young couple. He got to work from home and loves assisting in the office. His special talent is reorganization and creative filing, but now he’ll take direction from a couple younger trainers and maybe the guinea pigs???

Lucy (150x150)Harvestime’s Havin’ a Ball “Lucy”

Female Golden Retriever
Donated by: Harvestime Kennel, Menasha, WI (Whisper X Peak ’16)
Veterinary Sponsor: Animal Hospital of Oshkosh
Raised by: PawsForward – Oshkosh, WI
DOB: January 12, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Lucy is a very sweet, lovable little girl.  She is a ball of fur with a pup somewhere inside.  Lucy is very mellow but also quite confident.
Lucy is working with her inmate raisers on building a strong obedience foundation. She is also working with the community socializers to gain a wide range of exposure to new things.

Maverick (150x150)Neverest Free Spirit “Maverick”

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Triumph x Dually ’16)
Raised by: Bob & Joanne of Plain, WI
DOB: February 8, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Maverick is litter-mates with PIT Milo. He is a gentle giant and very sweet. Maverick loves learning and exploring new places but also has a healthy dose of caution.
Maverick is being raised by a retired couple. His raiser is a volunteer EMT and Maverick is a frequent and favorite guest at the firehouse.

Neverest Finding Peace “Milo”

Male Black Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Triumph x Dually ’16)
Raised by: Kelli of Madison, WI
Spacer - 1 nameKelsey of Waunakee, WI
DOB: February 8, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Milo is litter-mates with PIT Maverick.  He is pretty confident he’s already got this whole service dog thing figured out. We think he may have a few more skills to learn but won’t spoil the surprise just yet.
Milo is living with several other experienced service dogs. They are great role models for him and he is quickly learning to mimic their good behavior.

Neverest Using Strategy “Nash”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Neverest Labs, Fox Lake, WI (Tiki x George ’16)
Raised by: David & Marcia of Ft. Atkinson, WI
DOB: March 13, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Nash is litter-mates with PIT Nemo. Nash is a happy, sweet little boy who is eager to try new things. He is picking up new behaviors quickly.
Nash is being raised by raisers new to OccuPaws’ but with extensive experience training performance and therapy dogs.

Neverest Nobody’s Clown “Nemo”

Male Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: Neverest Labs (Tiki x ’15)
Raised by: Kristy & Kurt of Beloit, WI
DOB: March 13, 2016

Training Stage: Obedience and Socialization
Nemo and Nash are brothers from Neverest Lab Tiki. Nemo will be going to a first time OccuPaws puppy raiser and we expect a few sleepless nights as he can get to be a bit vocal when he is away from his brother.

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