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!
Ynez graduated as a working guide. She was raised by Mike.
Jira graduated as a working guide. Jira was co-raised by Cindy and Chad.
Fergus graduated as a working guide. He was raised by Claire.
Maime was raised by Jane and family. After she retired, she went back to live with her puppy raisers again. Maime graduated as a working guide.
Plato graduated as a working guide. Plato was raised by Jane and Gene.
Haiku graduated as a working guide. Haiku was raised by Karen.
Velma was raised by Jane and Gene and she graduated as a working guide.
Jaunty was a female, yellow labrador born on February 14, 1999 to dog dad Guthrie and dog mom Constance. She was raised by Robert and Tashai.
Kessler graduated as a working guide. Kessler was raised by Aaron.
Ray graduated as a working guide. Ray was raised by Lauren.
Poem graduated as a working guide. Poem was raised by Tashai and Robert.