Linda Wiedewitsch is raising Angel, her 12th puppy that will become a Leader Dog for the Blind. She has been providing a puppy host home for the Lions Leader Dog organization since 1999.
Linda receives a puppy from the Leader Dogs for the Blind organization in Rochester, Michigan, to be socialized and trained for its life as a guide dog. She is in possession of the puppy for about a year and exposes the future guide dog to an environment among people, places and activities of everyday life.
At the end of the development period, the former puppy is returned to Rochester ready to be trained in the skills necessary of a leader dog for a blind person. Her success has been amazing in that eight of her puppies have successfully completed leader dog training and two are now in the leader dog-breeding program. Her current puppy, Angel, also shows signs of becoming a successfully future leader dog.
In addition to her volunteer time and commitment to the program, Linda is responsible for food, shelter, veterinary, and other expenses during the year the puppy is in her possession. She does not receive compensation nor expense reimbursement.
The Detroit Lakes Lions Cub recognized Linda by presenting her a Service Appreciation Award and a contribution that will defray the expenses she'll incur this year raising Angel.
Linda owns and operates Lucky Dog Boarding & Training Center located in Detroit Lakes at 1478 Mallard Street.