Hope IV

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Sponsor Announcement

Many thanks to Marilee Benage for her generosity in the sponsorship of my training! Marilee graciously donated toward a Puppy Head Start sponsorship, which provided her the opportunity to give me my wonderful name! I hope to make her proud!!

Hope's Journey

Stage 1 Introduction

Hi there, I'm Hope. I am proud to have been selected to enter into the Retrieving Freedom training program.  My parents are "Rose" who is originally from Yellow Rose Labradors and is now fostered by the Feckers family, and "Whiskey" from Honey Hollow Labrador Retrievers. During this stage of training I will be spending approximately 8 to 10 months with my new volunteer fosters, Brian and Ginger.

Throughout Stage 1, I will learn the basics obedience, public behavior, and a lot of socialization. I understand that it takes a very special dog to complete the program as there is a high standard to become a Service Dog. I am aware that I may be one of the dogs whose purpose is outside of service work so I will be updating my profile on a monthly basis for all that would like to follow my journey through the program. 

December 2020 - 2 months old


This month I made the transition from my amazing breeder foster home to my new puppy raiser! It was quite the change. I will first work on learning my name, walking on a leash, potty training, and crate training. I'm excited to begin this journey!

January 2021 - 3 months old


I have begun going to work with my foster, Ginger. I do great, for the most part, until I need to go potty. Then I let her know with a little whine. This is great for my potty training, as long as I don't make it a habit of whining at work! I'm currently working on not biting or chewing on my leash. Ginger says I'm very smart!