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Dawgs with dogs - Closeups
June 2011 Issue
It’s a Sunday evening in November, and two dogs are playing in a parking lot. Fey is a 9-month-old black Labrador retriever, and Yukon is a 9-month-old yellow Lab. “Fey domination! Go Fey go!” says senior Sonja Price, who’s holding Fey’s leash. “Yukon’s like, ‘I’m about to get this,’” replies junior Ashleigh McCollum, who has his leash. Playtime finished, they walk toward downtown Athens with Sarah Hooper (BSA ’10) and Mica, a 2-month-old collie. “Find the stairs,” Price says to Fey. “Good girl. Sit. Good girl.” “Yukon. Yukon, find the stairs,” McCollum says. After several tries Yukon approaches the stairs, where he sits and waits. “Find the stairs” is an unusual command, but Yukon is not the average dog—he’s a guide dog in training. So are Fey and Mica. The dogs are spending the first year of their lives in Athens, then they’ll head to New York and the Guide Dog Foundation, where they’ll undergo intensive training before being placed with …
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