The cute German shepherd puppy you see to the right is Jones. He’s from The Royal Dutch Guide Dog Foundation and a BookCrossing member adopted him in my honor. Apparently, I inspired her (or rather a photo of me and Yara) and she wrote: “I love dogs and admire the work they do for the people that need them. And I want to give my share to the foundation to be sure that their good work is continued.”
What I find most interesting about this is that Jones is actually from New York State. His information page is a bit vague (and my Dutch is pretty much nonexistent), but I think he may have been bred at Guiding Eyes. [EDIT: Confirmed by the school.] He and his sister Jody were being fostered by a GEB volunteer until just a few months ago when they flew off to the Netherlands. Now this little pup has been placed with a foster family and I’ve been promised updates on his journey to one day becoming a guide dog.
Many thanks to Grada for the gift and Uschi and I wish Jones the very best of luck!