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Sponsor Announcement

Many thanks to Tammy Dameron for her generosity in the sponsorship of my training! Tammy 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!!

Otis' Journey

Stage 1 Introduction

Hello there, my name is Otis! 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, Shane and Sheila.

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


I had a big day transitioning from my amazing breeding foster home to my new puppy raiser's home! After a lot of traveling, I'm finally settled in with Shane and Sheila. They will first teach my how to properly walk on a leash, crate training, and potty training. I'll also work on learning and responding to my new name - Otis! 

January 2021 - 3 months old


Happy New Year! I'm a lucky puppy who got some new toys for Christmas. My new steak toy is bigger than me (for now)! Right now I'm working on commands such as "here," "sit," and "down." I'm doing great with these so far, even in distracting environments! I'm doing great with potty training and am working on not biting.