Hug a Puppy Ride! Southeast Guide Dog Service/Paws for Patriots Provider

Hug a Puppy Ride!

Southeast Guide Dog Service/Paws for Patriots Provider

[masked]th Street East, Palmetto, FL 34221.

A puppy puts the world in perspective. There’s nothing better than a soft little furball tugging on your shoestring or a bundle of energy on your lap.

But don’t be fooled. These are no ordinary puppies. And yours are no ordinary hugs.

When you arrive on campus to hug our puppies, you are helping us achieve the ultimate level of socialization needed to develop world-class guide dogs; dogs that are comfortable with people and accustomed to stimulation. Later they’ll learn to focus on their job despite the distractions, but early on, these fun sessions help them prepare for life as a guide dog.

For just $5.00 per person (which helps us buy puppy food!), we’ll reserve a puppy-hugging spot just for you.

Eight spots have been reserved. This had filled up the Puppy Hugging session.

We will meet at Waffle House (6502 U.S. 301 Tampa, FL 33610) on 301 near I4. 8am if you want breakfast, KSU at 9am. It will take about 45 minutes down State route 41 to get to the puppy petting destination. Schedule a gas stop between puppies and lunch. From there we can head down 41 to Manatee Ave and onto the furthest most Point of Anna Maria Island for lunch at Rod and Real restaurant on the Pier. (875 N Shore Dr, Anna Maria, FL 34216)

After lunch we can head into Bradenton to the Sea Haggs Art Boutique (12304 Cortez Rd W). After the boutique we can head down Long Boat Key into Sarasota to catch 301 back north to cross the Skyway bridge and up 19 where the Pinellas riders can peel off here to their home front. Then we will head east across the Gandy toward Tampa/Brandon areas.

If anyone is interested in donating additional items of need, here is a list:

DuraChew® Nylabones (in Super Size OR Puppy Size)

Xtreme Kong® (in XL OR Puppy)

Gift cards that can be used for special needed items (i.e. Target or Walmart) or a cash donation to our General Fund

Towels or sheets  in good condition

Golf Cart

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  • Star

    Jim and Linda, thank you for planning such a great day. It seems we all enjoyed the riding and the destinations. Loved Hug a puppy, we should do it again!

    August 23

  • Dwayne

    Enjoyed it. Great ride Jim and Linda.

    1 · August 23

  • Jim F.

    Thank you all who came out. This was fun ride and we all loved the puppies.

    1 · August 23

  • Recon

    I like puppies....

    July 15

    • Linda

      Yes Jim wanted to pet the puppies too

      July 17

    • Linda

      From where you are at, I don't think you arms are long enough to reach the puppies! LOL

      August 22

  • Karl

    Not going to be able to make it in morning just informed I'm on mandatory hold over

    August 22

  • Dwayne

    I'm a maybe for the waffle house. May just meet at the puppy place. Got to get the sportster out for a jaunt.

    August 22

  • A former member
    A former member

    prior commitment so will join u next time

    August 22

  • Jim F.

    mapped the ride, kennel road is paved, parking lot at restaurant is gravel so bring a puck. Look forward to seeing you all, and the puppies.

    August 19

  • Jim F.

    Mapping this out, avoiding highways, taking 301 down, 41 out to Ana Maria, Cortez Ave back to 41 to home is roughly 100 miles round trip. Pinellas riders can split off 41 at 275 to take the Skyway back home. I will ride this next week, make sure there are no problems. Be aware that the only road to the Kennel is a dirt road that dead ends. After I ride it I will let you know its condition. Linda and I look forward to having you all on this ride with us.

    August 15

  • Adam S.

    Since I was a child, I've been allergic to dogs and cats; even OUTSIDE being around a lot of them sends me into asthma hell and red swollen eyes, so this I must pass on.

    August 12

  • Linda

    Ok not so much of a Ladies ride! We have 8 spots!

    July 18

  • Jim F.

    As my road name is Dog, and I have a GPS for the bike, I will be Guide Dog for the day.

    2 · July 17

  • Tracy B

    I would want to bring one home!!!!

    July 15

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