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Hello All, One of my wife's co workers, John, is looking for a retirement home for his seeing eye dog. He is a 12 year old black lab named Kramer. He is a real sweet dog but unfortunatley he can no longer do his job as a seeing eye guide dog. He needs a home where he will not be left alone as he has always been around people working. At 12 years old he would prefer to live his remaining time as a companion dog where he would be given the attention he needs. We have boarded him a few times and he was very easy to care for. If anyone knows of someone with a big heart looking for a companion dog, please contact me asap.I would be happy to give you any info I can about Kramer. Prefer to find someone in Mass. or surrounding states as shipping him is not an option. Thanks Jim
PS not sure where I should post this . If it needs to be moved please do so.
 

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If nothing pans out local, maybe a roadtrip would work... Thanks. I wish I could take him but we got a house full right now... A quick story about the dog.. This chokes me up evertime I tell it... When he was placed with John, one of the tests for him was to see how he would react if he walked out in traffic. Well they had a car drive at them and Kramer stepped in front of John to block the car and sacrifice himself and take the hit for John Thanks Jim
 

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Jim,
We've raised a number of pups for SEGD in FL and are familiar with the school. They have, and I expect your friend's guide dog school also has, a program for placing retired dogs. The school from whom your freinds got their dog likley has a list and will help you find a good home for the dog.
If your school can't help send me a PM and I'll put you in touch w/ SEGD to see if they can help.
Folks who take in these older dogs and give them a good home for the balance of their life will have a special place in heaven. It's a selfless act of kindness and support.

BTW - editing this after your last post. One of our raised pups walked in front of his owner to block him from the path of a speeding car. "Tuck" was a big, happy go lucky chocolate and one of our favorites. His owner was in the hospital with critical injuries but, thanks to Tuck, survived. These dogs deserve a good retirment. That's the least we can do for them.
 

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Hi Jim-

I may know someone and may be interested myself. How is this dog around other dogs?
If the person I know is interested-the dog would live out his life being very much loved and well cared for. This person has several homes including one on the lake.

If you find the right home-take it, but in the meantime I'll ask my friend.
Thanks!!

M
 

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Miriam, As far as I know he is fine with any situation. Dogs,animals, people, whatever. He has been a guide dog his whole life, and is comfortable in any situation. He has lived in the suburbs of metrowest Boston, worked in downtown Worcester and Boston , Ma. He comes with a bed and plenty of toys. Thanks a million. He is a really cool dog. Jim
 

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Miriam, As far as I know he is fine with any situation. Dogs,animals, people, whatever. He has been a guide dog his whole life, and is comfortable in any situation. He has lived in the suburbs of metrowest Boston, worked in downtown Worcester and Boston , Ma. He comes with a bed and plenty of toys. Thanks a million. He is a really cool dog. Jim
Thanks Jim!! I'm on it!! The only reason I ask about other dogs is because I know I would have the dog from time to time, but Finn is great with all the dogs I have ever had over. One night he shared the bed with a Jack Russell, Cairn Terrier and a very old cat!! This woman doesn't own a dog at present, but I really think this would be the perfect fit. If you met her you would adore her. She winters in the south, but I'd be happy to take him then.

Again-if a home comes up-take it, but I'll ask her tomorrow. I KNOW this will be a good fit!

:)

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John the owner thanks to all who helped try to find him a home. Kramer went home to the seeing eye on thurs. 6/14. Jim
 

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If you ever run into this again or here of a similar situation please contact a local Assisted Living provider. Many are happy to make a home for dogs, especially labs. Having a pet in Assited Living dramatically increases the outlook, health and activity of senior citizens. Also especially good for homes with dementia patients.
 

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John the owner thanks to all who helped try to find him a home. Kramer went home to the seeing eye on thurs. 6/14. Jim
Wait. Did the dog pass or did it go to "A" seeing eye home?
 

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Wait. Did the dog pass or did it go to "A" seeing eye home?
I was wondering the same thing. That post was a little cryptic. Hopefully the dog has not passed and will enjoy a retirement in which he can be spoiled and not have to be so disciplined as what his amazing purpose has required for all these years.
 

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Yes, please clear this up for us! I immediately thought that the dog must have died based on the phraseology. While it's great to think that he died working, a comfy retirement would be better. Hope it's good news...
 

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Sorry for the confusion. Kramer is alive and well. He was picked up by a lovely young lady from the Seeing Eye in New Jersey. He will head there and hopefully be adopted into a permanent home. The owner said the pretty young girl showed up and Kramer went right out the door with her and didn't even look back, I guess he is a ladies man....I know they have a waiting list, hopefully someone is waiting for a dog of his maturity... Thanks again, Jim
 

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Sorry for the confusion. Kramer is alive and well. He was picked up by a lovely young lady from the Seeing Eye in New Jersey. He will head there and hopefully be adopted into a permanent home. The owner said the pretty young girl showed up and Kramer went right out the door with her and didn't even look back, I guess he is a ladies man....I know they have a waiting list, hopefully someone is waiting for a dog of his maturity... Thanks again, Jim
Outstanding. Happy trails Kramer.
 

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Cool. Somebody got a very good dog. And the dog is lucky to find someone willing and able to care for him through his retirement and into old age. Folks that take in these retired working dogs are the best as they know they have a short window of time before that last day comes. It's a difficult task but rewarding task.
 

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I have an update on Kramer. He was adopted by the family that raised him for the Seeing Eye as a puppy. He lives on a farm in New York, with the same family who also puppy raised his father and they just lost him recently at 15 years old. Kramer recognized the family immediately and is a happy boy...Hopefully he has many more happy years left... He's earned it... Jim
 

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I have an update on Kramer. He was adopted by the family that raised him for the Seeing Eye as a puppy. He lives on a farm in New York, with the same family who also puppy raised his father and they just lost him recently at 15 years old. Kramer recognized the family immediately and is a happy boy...Hopefully he has many more happy years left... He's earned it... Jim
That is such good news. Thanks for passing on the information.
 

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I truly love to hear stories like that. They give so much to us humans, they deserve all that we can do for them.
 
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