Drew’s Seeing Eye puppy-in-training makes The Forest his temporary home.
The Forest is home to innumerable four-legged creatures, but surely none have captivated the campus this academic year like a certain Labrador and Golden Retriever cross-breed puppy named Linus. Amy Sugerman, the assistant director of the Center for Civic Engagement, is raising Linus on behalf of The Seeing Eye, the Morristown, New Jersey–based nonprofit that trains dogs to assist blind people. She’s had some support. The center’s staff and a dedicated group of Civic Scholars have helped to socialize Linus, who came with a 120-page training manual. Sugerman and her family will keep Linus until he’s 15 months old, when he’ll return to The Seeing Eye for additional training before being paired with a blind person. Sugerman knows the parting will not be easy. She’s asked all the time how she could ever give Linus back. Her response? “He never was mine in the first place,” she says. “We’ve been given the privilege and joy of raising him.”