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Updated: 10/29/2013 01:10:12PM

Guide dog puppy pays a visit

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Terry Carlson stands with Nick, who was the first guide dog sponsored by the USPS in Nokomis.

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Helen Arnold, the community outreach coordinator for Southeast Guide Dogs, demonstrates the abilities of her Australian shepherd, Troy, as she addresses the audience at the USPS annex.

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Kathy Daddato shows off Charlotte, the latest guide dog sponsored by the Port Charlotte Post Office.

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Carole Bloom, holding Curry’s leash, stands alongside Gail Gagliardi and her dog, Miss Ellie, as they and the mail handlers watch a short and touching video about guide dogs.

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Bill Bender attempts to keep his dog Halo’s attention as he and Cat Steinbaugh and RT watch the presentation.

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Laurie Carlson makes sure 14-month-old Luna’s attention is on her at all times. Luna is almost ready to move on to the next step of training, and Carlson will most likely get another puppy, She said that “as hard as it is to give up the dog, it does so much good, how can I not get another?”

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Ron Bloom is proud to help train a future guide dog.

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Helen Arnold, the community outreach coordinator with Southeast Guide Dogs, receives a plaque from Steven Bernier, officer In charge of Punta Gorda Post Office.

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The plaque given to Southeast Guide Dogs depicts a commemorative guide dog stamp and the words “Presented to the Southeastern Guide Dogs For Your Outstanding Dedication In Helping Those In Need From the Employees at the Port Charlotte Carrier Annex, Port Charlotte, FL.”

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Charlotte is the latest guide dog puppy sponsored by the Port Charlotte carrier annex.

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Charlotte, a guide dog puppy sponsored by Port Charlotte postal workers through payroll deductions, stopped by to meet her benefactors at the Port Charlotte annex Tuesday. About a dozen dog trainers, volunteers and ambassadors from Southeastern Guide Dogs brought their young guide-dogs-in-training to the annex, parading them through the work area. The post office also presented a plaque to Helen Arnold, the community outreach coordinator with Southeast Guide Dogs, for the aid given by that organization to those in need.

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