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SARASOTAMAGAZINEGUIDETOGIVING20143amsittinguncomortablyinanun-air-conditionedbuildingonaremote35-acrecampusinPalmettoinacircleo20otherpeople.Weallhaveaneagerportentouslookwecouldbehereorayogaretreatoracultsbondingexerciseormaybearoundomixed-agehokeypokeybutwearenot.Werehereorsomethingrarerandmuchmorethrilling.Temotleycrewelderlypeopleparentshighschoolersonebemusedwriterandkidsgalorearealluniedinadrenalizedexcitement.oexpressitintheemotionalmathematicsothemanygoggle-eyedchildrenintheroomthegiddyanticipa-toryvibeislikeChristmasmorningtimesDisneyWorldtimeseverybirthdayweveeverhadandthenjustwhenitseemslikenoonecanstanditoronemoresecondadooriesopensandthemadcapbum-blingdowny-sofpuppiesrushin.Whatensuesisanabsolutebacchanaloacelickingtailwagginglapboundingandall-aroundgambolingandmerriment.Tepuppiesonlysixweeksoldrolicwitheachothernibbleonngersattackshoelacespeeexultantlyinunexpectedplacesandgetcuddledembracedtick-lednuzzledbabytalkedandadored.AyellowLabslathersalittleblondgirlintouncontrollablegiggles.AblackLabbitingdownonalengthobraidedropeplaystugowarwithalittleboy.Treeotherpuppiesgetarunningstartandstampedeacrosstheroomuntiltheyslidesplay-leggedintomylap.Andinthecorneroneindependent-mindedellowgnawsontheplasticsheetingaroundoneothebenchslegsthathasalreadybeenchewedsoofenandsoardentlythatitisalmostcompletelydegloved.Tisjamboreeisntapromotionbyapetshoporabreeder.Tesedogsarentorsale.Teyarentvampingoradoption.Andalthoughyoucantakeonehomewithyouoraweekendmoreonthatsoonnoneothesedogswilleverbeownedbyanyoneinthisroomorthesearenotnormalpuppies.TeseyoungLabsandgoldenretrieversandmixesaregeneticallyelitetheyareelecttheyareatedorgreatness.Teyhavebeenbredinastate-o-the-artcaninelaboratorytobethehealthiestmostintelligentmostloyalmostpatientmostsuper-heroicdogsanywhereinthiscountry.AfertwoyearsohighlyspecializedtrainingtheywillbecomegraduatesoSoutheasternGuideDogsandtheywillspendeverydayuntiltheirretirementhelpingpeopleromthevisuallyim-pairedtoveteranstotheelderlyorinjuredordepressedwiththemostimportantoalltasksrecoveringtheirlives.IASSEENIN