Meet Jake & Charlie Oct 12

Jake and Charlie have been working side by side for more than five months. In that time, Charlie’s mastered such important skills as opening and closing doors, getting a tissue and picking up after his human friends. The duo’s work is nearly done. Soon, Charlie, an English white golden retriever, will leave for Florida, where she’ll be a companion and helper to 16-year-old Teagan Marti.

Before she leaves, though, Charlie (yes, a girl dog named Charlie) and Jake Guell, her trainer, will present Meet Jake and Charlie at 1 p.m. Saturday, October 12, at the Fond du Lac Public Library. The program is free; no registration required.

Meet Jake and Charlie is one of the programs offered during the month-long Fond du Lac Reads celebration of the book, Thunder Dog: The True Story of a Blind Man, His Guide Dog, and the Triumph of Trust at Ground Zero, by Michael Hingson.

Teagan Marti was injured in 2010 when she fell 100 feet from an amusement park ride at the Wisconsin Dells. Charlie the dog was named for actor Charlie Sheen, who donated $10,000 for the dog’s training and care after learning about Teagan’s plight from his uncle, a Benedictine brother in Wisconsin.

Guell is a certified professional dog trainer who lives in Fond du Lac and owns and operates a nonprofit organization, Tails for Life, which trains companion/assistance dogs, which Guell calls “hybrid dogs,” to help more people like Teagan.

At the October 12 program, Guell will explain how he and Charlie worked together, he’ll explain how assistance dogs do their jobs and he’ll talk to kids and parents about bite prevention, which he says is a growing problem in the United States.

In the photo: Months ago, a young Charlie and her trainer, Jake Guell, meet with Charlie's soon-to-be best friend, Teagan Marti, who was injured in a fall in 2010. 


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