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Wordless Wednesday: P.R.O.U.D. Puppies

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Peanut walked in her commencement last month. Did I tell you that the university had a puppy raising program? Puppy Raisers of the University of Delaware (PROUD) is a registered student organization that raises puppies for ‘The Seeing Eye.’ The Seeing Eye is a guide dog school that breeds and trains Labrador Retrievers, Golden Retrievers, German Shepherds, and Lab-Golden crosses to become guide dogs for the visually impaired. PROUD consists of both puppy raisers and puppy sitters whose job is to expose the young dogs to as many situations as possible to prepare them for their future job as a guide dog. To help with this, the puppies come with students to many of the places they go including class, club meetings and events. The club has special approved housing areas where the puppies live with the student. It is a very time-consuming commitment, as the raisers are responsible for the puppy’s complete care, as well as, basic obedience and manners. How rewarding.

Peanut walked with her friend and the puppy her friend raised.  PROUD, fur sure.



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6.1.12 Celebrating Another Rite of Passage

Today my human baby graduates from High School.  To some people graduation is not such a big deal (my step kids did not even chose to attend theirs).  I however, think it is a huge life changing event, and feel it is important to acknowledge and attend. The way I see things, there are certain life events that are really really important markers and allow us to move into ‘a change,’ of life status, location, position, age, etc,  I like to celebrate and acknowledge life’s events.  One of the things I think that we have lost a lot of in our modern busy lives are rites.Transitions that change your life in a major way (a birth, a death, marriage, passing a certain age (like coming into puberty), graduation from a school, surviving an illness or injury, retirement, divorce) are important to honor.  Transition is not easy, even when it is a positive one. During the early 20th century, the Belgian anthropologist, Arnold Van Gennep, observed that all cultures have prescribed ways for an individual and society to deal with these emotion charged situations.  They have ritual ceremonies intended to mark the transition from one phase of life to another.  Van Gennep called these ceremonies rites of passage.

Rites effect more than just the person going through them.  It is actually very important for the family and friends to make the transition too.  There have been several rites of passage in my daughter’s short life already, but to me this is a biggy.  I, as her parent, take pride in her accomplishments and note that there will now be a movement in my parenting from HS teenager into a more adult stage of her life (after she survives senior week at the beach).  This marks a time when she will physically separate from me, from the family and her home, and transition into a new role, growing, learning, and preparing to be an independent adult in the ‘real world.’  

Happy Graduation. Peanut.  Reach for the stars!

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