North Country Animal Services trains dogs to perform lifesaving jobs. Some of these puppies may go on to be search and rescue dogs, for example, or to warn owners with epilepsy that a seizure is coming on. Planned and supervised socialization when the puppies are young is important in preparing a service dog for his work, but these visits begin only once the puppy has gotten all the right vaccinations. These little guys have a lot more training to go through before they'll be able to wear their service vests.
Holding the tiny pups inspired some of the residents to reminisce about pets they'd loved, and Meadowbrook resident Ruth Fitzpatrick even jokes, "Can we keep him?"