Doug and Cher Loose, the owners of Loose Treasures, have Fisher, 3, and Star, 2, both of which are black Labrador Retrievers. Both dogs were candidates for the Leader Dog program, which trains dogs to be seeing eye dogs for the blind, but washed out of the program. However, Cher Loose thinks they’ve been good mascots for the program.
“Maybe they didn’t get to be Leader Dogs, but they are both great diplomats,” said Loose. “We hand out CDs about Leader Dog, and people still come in and ask about them (Fisher and Star).”
The Leader Dogs for the Blind program was started in 1939 by three Detroit area Lions Clubs members to provide guide dogs to people who are blind and visually impaired “to enhance their mobility, independence and quality of life,” according to the Leader Dogs web site.
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