One of the puppies we sponsored for Guide Dog training, Tony, is about to be paired with his new owner. Tony has spent the first years of his life learning and training to be of service to someone in need.
Tony excelled during his first 18 months of being socialized by his “walker” where he learned proper etiquette in public. Next, he moved up through the ranks of training and apprenticing and he’s now ready to change someone’s life forever.
Of course, this comes as no surprise to us. You see, Tony is a namesake. He is named to honor and in memory of Tony Patrea, JR. Tony was a brilliant young man from Tybee who was well known throughout the island for his citizenship, courteousness and helpfulness. He volunteered for many Mermaid Cottages community service projects and he also loved animals dearly.
Tony Patrea, Jr made the most of his life while he was here and we know Tony, the Guide Dog, will make his mark on someone’s life just like his namesake.