2012 Subaru Impreza: Gratuitous Puppy Photographs
June 11, 2012
Meet Paris, a black lab puppy. She's going home with us in the 2012 Subaru Impreza. But she's not ours -- we're just puppy-sitting for the weekend.
My daughters have started volunteering for Guide Dogs for the Blind, you see. They want to be puppy raisers, the ones that raise the dogs from about 8 weeks to about 16 months and give them their basic training. After that the prepped pups go back to HQ in San Rafael, California to learn how to do the specific guide dog stuff.
Five puppy-sitting assignments are required before we can sign up for our own dog, but only if we and the powers-that-be decide that our family is cut out for this. For the girls, Paris is puppy-sitting assignment number five. The next puppy we bring home will very well be our own -- for the next 14 months, at least.
The girls tell me that "awww" is passe; apparently "squee!" is the preferred response.
For the record, official Guide Dogs for the Blind policy states that such service dogs must be trained to ride in the backseat on the floor. Once we got her settled there -- on her towel, for obvious reasons -- she got home with no "accidents."
As for the Subaru, it has a generous amount of rear seat legroom -- or, in this case, "puppy room" -- even with me driving.
Dan Edmunds, Director of Vehicle Testing @ 2,160 miles