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Puppy Love This work has been published in the Teen Ink monthly print magazine.

By Danielle W., Jim Thorpe, PA

     It was the perfect friendship. We would run and play together; he was by my side everywhere I went. He always sensed when something was wrong, and was there to comfort me. Gambit was my best friend through my most difficult year in high school. And even though I could never have made it through that tough year without him, when it was over, I had to give him up.

This very special friendship began when I joined 4-H and became part of its Seeing Eye puppy project. I attended meetings and learned training techniques, but each month I found it harder to be there without a pup of my own and watch everyone else try new techniques with their pups.

Finally the long-awaited day arrived. Gambit was only seven weeks old, and it was love at first sight. He was the cutest pup I had ever set eyes on. I couldn't wait to spend every minute training and playing with him.

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