A Day in My Life: Dog Party!

Last week, my sister’s dogs came for a visit while she and her husband were on a vacation. My sister Wendy has been involved with Guide Dogs for the Blind, too. She’s had two dogs become guides (Two for two is pretty amazing! The graduation rate for a puppy becoming a guide is around 50%.) The older black dog in the pictures is Galena. She’s half golden retriever, half black lab. She was my second puppy in training. Galena got this close to becoming a guide but was dropped because she was a little too body sensitive. My sister didn’t have a dog at the time and I was already training another pup, so she adopted Galena. A great match! Galena shadows Wendy everywhere.

The other black lab is Fleur, a breeder for Guide Dogs for the Blind. She is three years old but thinks she’s six months old. VERY funny pup! She likes to be involved in everything. Everything. If I bent over to pick something up, her cold nose was right in my face. Fleur gets so excited about life (as in, getting fed) that she kind of levitates in the air for a few seconds. Remarkable skill.

You might recognize the other two yellows: Tess (golden retriever) and Toffee, her daughter (half lab, half golden). They’re both breeders for Guide Dogs for the Blind. I’m their breeder custodian.

This might look like it’s easy . . . but I had to have a dog biscuit in one hand to get their attention and a camera in the other.

Galena’s kind of in charge of everybody.

Not sure what they’re talking about here . . . probably “What’s for dinner?”

All in all, we had a good week. No rain and no disasters and the dogs got along beautifully. Only time I cringed was during mealtimes. Imagine balancing four bowls of dog food and trying to open a door with four enthusiastic big dogs tangling up your feet. Not for the faint of heart!

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About Suzanne

Suzanne Woods Fisher writes bestselling, award winning fiction and non-fiction books about the Old Order Amish for Revell Books. Her interest in the Plain People began with her Old Order German Baptist grandfather, raised in Franklin County, Pennsylvania. Suzanne's app, Amish Wisdom, delivers a daily Amish proverb to your phone or iPad. She writes a bi-monthly column for Christian Post and Cooking & Such magazine. She lives with her family in California and raises puppies for Guide Dogs for the Blind. To Suzanne's way of thinking, you can't take life too seriously when a puppy is running through your house with someone's underwear in its mouth.


  1. Bonnie Traher says:

    What beautiful dogs in appearance as well as in spirit.

  2. Melanie Backus says:

    I love your post and I love dogs! You and your sister sure have beautiful animals. I have loved dogs all my life and have never been without one. The smiles they bring and give and their unconditional love is just wonderful. Have a great day!

  3. So glad it was a good week with all of the doggie togetherness! Dogs are wonderful animals and can do such amazing work in programs such as Guide Dogs for the Blind.

  4. Kathleen Berman says:

    Galeena certainly looks like the orchestra leader! Nice that you are doing this. I remember one of my friend’s sons worked with training dogs for the blind for his Boy Scout program. He would take a dog being trained by inmates at a women’s prison into the home for training in the house that needed to be done in a home setting.

  5. diane papke says:

    they so innocent, like they would never do anything troublesome. i have a black lab. the best breed.