New Puppy at the Oakland Zoo
by | July 20th, 2011

Lily Rae, Oakland Zoo's New Puppy

The team at the Valley Children’s Zoo, along with the rest of the Oakland Zoo would like to announce the arrival of our new Zoo Ambassador, Lily Rae! (formally Lily of the Valley Children’s Zoo) Lily Rae is a baby Golden Retriever who was born May 12th.  She will be growing up at the Zoo around all of the animals, particularly the goats and sheep.  As  a Zoo Ambassador Lily Rae will have many rewarding responsibilities.  She will be a companion to the goats and sheep in our Contact Yard where she will also have the pleasure of interacting with Zoo guests of all ages.  Lily Rae will participate in our Wildlife Theater Show and our education programs, helping to teach Zoo guests about the proper care of household pets.

Puppy Trainer, Lily Rae, and Keeper Elizabeth

Yes, Lily Rae has some lofty goals, but right now she’s just enjoying being a puppy!  In between her bouts of play and sleep, zookeepers are hard at work training her to be a respectful, well-manered dog.  One of the foremost steps in ensuring that a puppy grows up to be a happy, well adjust member of any family including a Zoo family is proper training.  For puppies this often begins with puppy class where pups learn proper social behavior with other dogs and people along with important obedience behaviors. Lily Rae started her first puppy class Monday July 18th at 6pm in the Zoo’s Snow Building.  She will be joining other Bay Area puppies for five Monday night classes taught by Sandi Thompson of Bravo! Pup.  If you’ve recently brought home a young canine companion please consider joining us by enrolling in the class at .  There is also a class that started on Monday July 18th at 7pm for dogs that missed puppy class or need a review on important obedience behaviors and socialization.

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