After Reuniting Lost Guide Dog With Owner, Couple Continues Good Deeds

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Richard and Vernetta Fletcher fell in love with guide dogs when they helped reunite a lost guide dog with her blind owner.

When the Fletchers met Anka, a 5-year-old guide dog, she had been missing from her blind owners for days. The Fletchers helped reunite her with her owner and also fell in love with her. “Anka was such a sweet dog with a really sweet disposition,” said Richard Fletcher. “We fell in love with her and decided that we would like to be guide dog sitters.”

The Lone Star Guide Dog Raiser Club had helped with Anka’s search and soon the Fletchers were working with the organization as puppy sitters. “You get to interact with them [dogs] and once you have your fun you can send them home,” said Richard. “It would be like having grandchildren.” The Fletchers are glad to give back to the community.

The Lone Start Guide Dog Raiser Club is looking for more volunteers. Anyone interested can contact them at 949-637-9821.

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    • It’s a Gentle Leader or Halti style collar. A “kinder” training device than a choke collar, it aids in teaching the dog to leash walk and follow commands. It works similar to a horse harness; the leash is clipped on below the chin and if the dog pulls, it simply pulls the dog’s head down. The dog can’t pull the leash taut or muscle along on the leash because there’s no leverage as there is with a traditional collar. There is some thought that it also works to chastise the dog as a mother dog would a puppy–by putting slight pressure across the top of the snout when he pulls. Eventually, with consistent training, the dog no longer pulls when walking and goes to a regular collar or harness. Above all, it is NOT a muzzle–the dog can still eat, drink, yawn, bark and open his mouth fully while wearing it.


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