Mote Marine Aquarium hosted the Southeastern Guide Dogs pups and their trainers for an early-morning tour Saturday as part of the dogs’ training. The dogs are in their first round of training, which occurs when they are 9 weeks to 12-to-14 weeks old. After that, they go to “puppy college,” where they train with a professional trainer for four to eight months.
Aside from weekly play dates, the dogs must have one day of exposure training and one day of obedience training per month. The exposure training puts them in a public place without people where they must perform all of their duties.
But it was hard for some pups to stay professional when Percy the Penguin stopped by for a visit.
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1 Floridafitfest and 5K Treasure Run
9:00 am - 4:00 pm
8 World Oceans Day Family Festival
10:00 am - 1:00 pm
Hat's off to Dee Pelton, volunteers
Dee Pelton held a luncheon that will be tough to top.
Youth sailors descend on City Island
Approximately 250 people hit the water Saturday, April 20 through Sunday, April 21, for Sailfest. The regatta, Sarasota Youth Sailing's biggest fundraiser of the year, included four classes of competition — Optimus, 420, Laser and Multi-hull — and a barbecue feast.
Book club sunsets for the season
The Sunset Beach Book Club, in its 10th year, ended this season with a luncheon and discussion of the book “Gone Girl,” by Gillian Flynn, April 18, at Lazy Lobster. Discussion moderator was Ricki Carroll. Together, the group read five books this season.