Puppy raisers are incredibly selfless, loving people. They take a puppy in at 8 weeks and work with it to become a guide dog, hopefully, even though sometimes they don’t get to become one. They teach them all the basic commands, socialize them, really work with them to do very specific behaviors and tasks so that when they go to “college” or formal guide dog training, they are already very well behaved dogs and the trainers can just work on the guiding tasks. The puppy raisers have them in their homes from when the puppies are 8 weeks until they are anywhere from twelve to fifteen months old. Makiko’s puppy raiser is named Jenni and I have mentioned her on here a few times before. She literally raised the perfect dog for me. The matching process is a whole different story but Makiko is the sweetest, most cuddly, loving, pleasing, devoted, intelligent, beautiful guide I could ever have imagined and that aligns so much with Jenni’s personality. Makiko and i are like two peas in a pod, and we get that all the time. SO much of why Makiko and I are perfect is because of who Jenni is and how much effort she put into raising Makiko. So today and everyday, I am very thankful for Jenni.
Jessica N and Makiko
Jessica is a proud Texan. She graduated in 2014 with her Master of Science in Rehabilitation Counseling and is now employed. She is visually impaired and has a retinal disease, Retinitis Pigmentosa. Originally Jessica started blogging about everything from being diagnosed with the disease to where she is now, almost 9 years later. Then, Jessica went to Guide Dogs for the Blind and was blessed with Makiko, her new guide dog. Now, her blog "The Way Eye See The World" is about everything related to visual impairments, including guide dogs. View all posts by Jessica N and Makiko