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Former service dog enjoys retirement

Eleanor, front, the former assistance dog for Sindy Puckett, runs with new family members Trixie and Layla. Eleanor was retired this summer and now lives with the Walz family and their two other dogs.

Eleanor, front, the former assistance dog for Sindy Puckett, runs with new family members Trixie and Layla. Eleanor was retired this summer and now lives with the Walz family and their two other dogs.

Romping across a lakeside acre, fellow dogs to play with and plenty of leisure time for naps and watching Animal Planet — Eleanor is enjoying retirement.

For the last five and a half years, the 7-year-old Labrador has served as Sindy Puckett’s service dog through Leader Dog For The Blind.

Instead of being on watch for hazards and obeying commands all day, Eleanor is playing with Kendall Walz’ other two dogs — a 10-year-old yellow Labrador and a Jack Russell/terrier mix, both adopted.

She’s already had her first ....

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