RUTH SMILAN

Photography

4 weeks

Willow, the mom, flew from Ohio two weeks before her due date.  Poor Willow had eleven puppies.  Ten hard to photo black pups.

She went back home after the puppies were eight weeks old.



They have people (some volunteers) start petting the puppies at two weeks old.  They believe that early stimulation makes the dogs smarter in learning their skills.  Also the puppies get socialized early and used to more people and various types of people from the students to 'seniors'.

2 weeks

8 weeks.  He played hard.

Bonnie Bergin founded Canine Companions for Independence (CCI), eventually parted ways with them and founded Bergin U.

3 weeks

Following are photos of the irresistible puppies from 2 to 10 weeks old.

Willow, the sweetest mom.

Puppy Petting   - Future service dogs at Bergin University of Canine Studies.

5 weeks.  Their second time outside.

2 weeks

After 10 weeks, the puppies go to puppy raisers.

I hope to do this again soon.  Two more litters are due in May.

2 weeks

Compare with 3 weeks above, same position.

7 weeks

2 weeks

Bergin University of Canine Studies

10 weeks

Thinking about going outside if they weren't so sleepy.