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
                 Kelsey of Waunakee, WI
                                                      Sue of Verona, 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
                                      DOB: April 15, 2014
 
Training Stage: 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 began his formal harness training in June 2015. He is currently residing with a foster family in Portland, OR.

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
                 Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, 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 loves figuring out the world around her.
Zelda is currently learning a variety of skills to help build her confidence and 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
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.
Zest is living in the country with a retired couple. This is her first rotation living in the community with a puppy raiser.

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)
Veterinary Sponsor: Animal Hospital of Oshkosh
Raised by: Don of Verona, WI
                 Angela of Beaver Dam, WI
                                                     Nicole of Kenosha, WI
                                                     PawsForward Program  Oshkosh, 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 is focusing very hard on learning the skills necessary to be a polite gentleman and an upstanding canine citizen.

Aurora

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

Female Yellow Labrador Retriever
Bred by: OccuPaws Guide Dog Association (Callie x Reese ’14)
Raised by: Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, WI
                 PawsForward Program  Oshkosh, WI
                 Sue of Oregon, 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
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 currently being raised in the suburbs with two of OccuPaws’ future breeding prospects. He travels the country alongside his raiser and helps provide training on professionalism.

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
                 Mark & Barb of Cross Plains, 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 currently working to refine and generalize her current skills. This is her first rotation to a different puppy raiser.

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.

Dream

Dream (150x150)Sharmik’s Where Hope Springs “Dream”

Male Black Standard Poodle
Bred by: Sun-Golden Kennels, Edgerton, WI (Reba x Shadow ’15)
Raised by: Corin & Kim of Baraboo, WI
DOB: March 10, 2015
 
Training Stage: Obedience & Socialization
Dream is an adorable little boy who is quick to bond to his handler and lay at their feet forever.
Dream is living near many parks and conservancies. He takes daily nature walks to work on his following instinct and learn to stay close and pay attention to his handler.