There are currently three ways a dog can "graduate" from guide dog school.
Working Guidess - After 6 months or more of formal training, the dog is matched with a visually impaired partner. Up to 4 more weeks of training is done together on campus before the new team is presented at a graduation ceremony. Often times the puppy raiser has the opportunity to attend graduation and meet the new partner.
Breeder Dogs - After returning for formal training, those dogs still under breeder consideration are carefully observed by the trainers and the breeding department. Only the most exceptional dogs are chosen to join the breeding colony. These dogs are also presented at a graduation ceremony and will live with a foster family in between litters of puppies.
K-9 Buddies - This is a new program that matches a suitable dog with a blind child to provide companionship, increased social opportunities, love, and experience caring for a dog. If the child later chooses to be matched with a guide dog, he or she will already have experience with dogs.
Dogs not selected for one of these three jobs are said to be career changed. Career changed dogs go on to work as therapy, search and rescue, diabetic detection, hearing, or of course they can be pet dogs! Check out Boulder's wonderful career change dogs!
Valiant is the son of Athena and Partner. Athena was raised in our Boulder club. Valiant is the brother of Versailles, also being raised in the Boulder club. Valiant was born on December 11, 2013 and is being raised by Cathy and Carolanne, who raised Athena.
Valiant graduated as a guide in July 2015.
Delsey is a female golden retriever. She was born on 8/5/2013 to dog mom Fresca and dog dad Magellan. Delsey is being raised by JulieMarie. Delsey's littermate, Delight, is also in the Boulder club.
Delsey is the second puppy to our club with the name Delsey, and the second puppy named Delsey named by JulieMarie.
Delsey was recalled on October 18, 2014.
Magnolia is a female yellow labrador born on July 17, 2014 to dog mom Mona and dog dad William. Magnolia is being raised by Megan and Terry. Magnolia is littermates with Moose. Mona, their mom, was raised by Anna P. in the Boulder club. Magnolia was recalled on October 18, 2104.
Magnolia graduated as a guide on 2/14/2015
Jenson was born on February 20, 2010. He was raised in Utah for a while, but due to circumstances out of their control, his first puppy raisers had to stop raising
Jenson is a male, black labrador whose dog mom is Elsa and his dog father is Simon.
Jenson has been matched with a partner and the two of them are now in class set to graduate on August 13, 2011. Emily, Jenson's puppy raiser, is proud of him and is looking forward to squishing his face at graduation. "I have no doubt he will excel as a guide and bring many years of joy and safe travel to his new partner!" Emily wrote.
Viva is a female, yellow labrador born on September 23, 2011. She is being raised by Sara and Tom. Her dog mom is Trinidad and her dog dad is David. She joined the club the second week of December 2011. She has a microchip isntead of a tatoo! Viva graduated as a working guide dog in June of 2013.
Bonita is a female, black labrador. She was born on 10.27.2011 to dog mom Bettymae and dog dad Pike. She joined the Boulder club on January 13, 2012 and is being raised by Gwen, Anna, and Quinn. Bonita was altered on Feb 19, 2013 because she had loose patellas. Bonita and her littermates all have names that start with the letter B.
Bonita graduated from home training on May 28, 2013, and lives in Florida with her partner, Justin.
Deidra was co-raised by Leah, Abby, Kirsten, and Emily. Deidra graduated as a working guide in March 2013.
She's a black female labrador and she joined the group on Friday, June 10, 2011. She was born on April 12th, 2011 to mom Vintage and Dad Jenkins. She will spend her first few months with Emily and then will move on to the co-raising crew of Leah, Abby, Kirsten and their families.
Yula is a female, yellow labrador who was born on April 16, 2010 to dog mom Mamie and dog dad Jenkins.
She is the litter mate of Yates and Yoko, also in the Boulder Guide Dog Puppy club. Yula is being raised by Gene and Jane, and she's a sweet girl that looks like she has eyeliner on. Read more for more pictures of Yula.
Cordova is a female, yellow labrador. Cypress came off the puppy truck on November 11, 2011. She was born on 8/22/2011. Her dog parents are daddy Stockholm & mommy Starling.
Cordova graduated and is a working Guide Dog.
Guide Dogs for the Blind posted a video of Starling's litter of C puppies.
Cordova is being raised by Claudia. Cordova is littermates with Cypress, who was also raised in the club.
Kia is a female black labrador born to dog mom Peach and dog dad Flamenco on August 21, 2010. Kia graduated as a working guide on March 24, 2012. She now lives in Tennessee with her partner.
She was raised by Gwen and her daughter Anna. Kia is excellent around children and she also likes to cuddle. Kia was recalled on November 11, 2011.