Humans of BluePath: Nicole Guite, Puppy Raiser

Nicole and her first BluePath puppy, Pearl.

Nicole and her first BluePath puppy, Pearl.

How it All Began: I wanted to have a dog in New York City but wasn’t ready to make a long commitment. Raising a puppy allowed me to do both while knowing I was making an impact on other people’s lives.

Favorite Part of Volunteering for BluePath: It’s fun to have a community of puppy raisers to stay in touch with now that I’m in Wisconsin.

Nicole and her second BluePath puppy, Journey.

Nicole and her second BluePath puppy, Journey.

Favorite Part of Puppy Raising: I think the best is yet to come! The happiness and excitement of knowing that a dog I raised will be matched with a family. It’s sad when they leave, but the best way to get over giving up your dog is to get another one to raise. I got my second BluePath puppy, Journey, on the same day I sent my first puppy to Formal Training.

Advice for Prospective Puppy Raisers: Do it!

Fast Facts:

About Nicole:

  • Where She Lives: Wausau, Wisconsin
  • Dream Vacation Spot: Anywhere outside the United States
  • Most Watched Movie: Dirty Dancing

About Journey:

  • Newest Skill: Settling
  • Name Origin: Specially chosen by BluePath Puppy Raisers in honor of BluePath’s one-year anniversary. The name celebrates BluePath’s “Journey” toward providing safety, comfort, and independence to families touched by autism. And it’s pretty darn cute!
  • Quirkiest Trait: Extreme mellowness – he would much rather let toys bounce off his face than make any effort to catch them!
Nicole with Pearl (left) and Journey (right). 

Nicole with Pearl (left) and Journey (right).