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Caring for the Next Generation of Service Dogs – Nancy’s Story

By July 7, 2023July 12th, 2023No Comments

Breeder Caretaker Spotlight
Nancy & DBL Breeder Dog Autumn

As empty nesters, Nancy and her husband Terry started volunteering with Dogs for Better Lives as a way to give back to the community. Nancy is now an experienced Puppy Raiser for Dogs for Better lives and is now on her third pup, 10 month old Cece.

One thing Nancy has loved about Puppy Raising is being able to receive another pup every time she finished raising one.  When she heard about a need for Breeder Caretakers for DBL, she thought it would be a great way to give back – but also allow her to keep one of the dogs as a permanent member of their family.

When Nancy found out she was going to receive Autumn, who she raised as a Puppy, back as a DBL breeder dog, she was overjoyed. She never expected this and feels so lucky the timing was right.

Her journey from raising pups to whelping with Autumn feels like a full cycle for Nancy.  She is so excited for puppies!


Breeder caretakers open their heart and home to a purpose-bred dog from Dogs for Better Lives’ breeding program. Enjoy the companionship of a well-mannered Labrador Retriever, Golden Retriever, or a cross of the two and help bring future generations of assistance dogs into the world to one day change someone’s life. Interested? Learn more and apply!

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