About this event

Puppies! Lessons learned from raising a puppy with a purpose, presented by a guide dog puppy raiser.

A fun and informative workshop about dog training and service dogs, for individuals and families with children ages 8 and above. Presented in partnership with the children’s program of the Marpole branch of the Vancouver Public Library.

When: Tuesday, July 20, 6:00 to 7:15pm
Where: In person and socially distanced in the back garden at Historic Joy Kogawa House, 1450 West 64th Avenue, Vancouver.
Important: Please wear a mask so that everyone, especially children who have not had the vaccine, stay safe.

We love all dogs, but please leave your pets at home. Service dogs will be in training at this event.

Cost: By donation (no one turned away).

Alexis Leona, writer-in-residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House

Alexis Leona is a writer and photographer with a passion for animals. She is working on her first novel for children, Growing Up Gouda, based on her experience as a guide dog puppy raiser. When yellow Labrador puppy, Gouda, receives the ability to understand human language, she is overwhelmed. Doubt threatens her dream to be a guide dog. Gouda struggles to control her special gift and tame her confusion. She must master her new talent before she competes in puppy obedience trials or miss out on a coveted acceptance letter to guide dog college.

Alexis is a veteran puppy raiser for Guide Dogs of America and volunteer for BC & Alberta Guide Dogs.

She served 10 years as director of communications for New Leash on Life Animal Rescue of Newhall, California. She was a founding contributor to the Rescue’s very popular Nuts for Mutts Dog Show aired on Animal Planet and its Lend a Paw Therapy Dog program. She also collaborated on the rescue of more than 500 cats and dogs displaced by Hurricane Katrina.

Alexis is writer-in-residence at Historic Joy Kogawa House in July 2021.