Year of the Dog Day 331

I went for a walk to Saint Anne’s Square at lunchtime today in search of a dog and I was really pleased when I spotted a gorgeous trainee Guide Dog! Annie is a lovely girl, she very friendly and enthusiastic, I got to give her a little stroke! Annie has been chosen to become a breeding dog, I imagine she would have the most beautiful puppies! This is the first time that Annie’s humans have done puppy walking; they are a bit nervous about her going, especially her human siblings but fortunately they’ll get to spend Christmas with her!

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Beautiful Annie!

 

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Name: Annie

Breed: Golden Labrador

Age: 11 months old

Job: Trainee Guide Dog

Favourite food: Annie has a special Guide Dog diet

Favourite toy: Cuddly Dragon! Annie destroys all squeaky toys!

Favourite pastime: Relaxing in front of the fire and eating food; she is a Labrador!

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Year of the Dog Day 294

It’s been really rainy all day today so I had to wait for a break in the rain until I went looking for a dog! I went round to my parents house and when the rain wasn’t too bad I headed down the street. I was lucky because I spotted a dog straight away, a very handsome Border Collie. Toby is a really friendly boy and he’s so well behaved, he sat very still so that I could take a picture! The human that bread him is a photographer so he’s always good at having his picture taken! He’s also very clever and can do lots of tricks, he showed me spinning round and playing dead, he loves training! Toby is very calm for a Border Collie, his humans have had two others and he’s much more chilled than they were!

Handsome Toby!

Handsome Toby!

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Name: Toby

Breed: Border Collie

Age: 4 years old (human years)

Favourite food: Liver and  fish

Favourite toy: Football

Favourite pastime: Toby loves playing with his girlfriend, a retired Guide Dog. They play with each other in the field every morning and when she’s on holiday Toby will sit at the gate waiting for her, so sweet!

Year of the Dog Day 276

I popped into town today with Tim and Ethan. On the way home in the car I spotted a beautiful trainee Guide Dog so I got Tim to pull over so I could say hello! Bessie is a lovely girl, she has such a gorgeous face! I got to give her lots of fuss and even tickled her belly! Bessie has been with her puppy walker since she was 6 weeks old; she’s now 18 months old and she’s due to start her training any time now! This is the first time that her puppy walkers have looked after a Guide Dog puppy but they’ve had lots of Golden Retrievers in the past.

I really respect the people that look after the Guide Dog puppies, it must be so difficult to say goodbye to them, they obviously have really big hearts! Bessie’s walker is a bit nervous about how she’s feel saying goodbye but she would consider doing it again. Bessie is a very loving dogs, she loves cuddles. Bessie is best friends with another Guide Dog puppy called Warrior, they go for a walk and play together every day!

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Name: Bessie

Breed: Black Labrador and Golden Retriever Cross

Age: 18 months old

Favourite food: Bessie is on a special Guide Dog diet but she especially enjoys apples, pears and carrots!

Favourite toy: Bessie tend to rip toys up!

Favourite pastime: Swimming!

Year of the Dog Day 274

I’ve had a real treat today, a trip to the spa at the Last Drop Village with my mum! I’m extremely relaxed now! On the way back to the car I spotted a man walking two very lovely dogs so I went to meet them. By the time I’d reached them Bertie the Border Collie had already ran off so I decided to make Amber a beautiful Golden Labrador/ Retriever cross my dog of the day. Amber is a lovely girl, she very friendly and was also very relaxed! When Amber was a puppy she was in the Guide Dog training programme but unfortunately she didn’t make it because she didn’t stop ‘spending’ on the lead! Amber gets on well with her dog housemate Bertie although they are quite different temperament; Bertie doesn’t stop!

Beautiful Amber!

Beautiful Amber!

Name: Amber

Breed: Golden Labrador and Retriever Cross

Age: 7 years old (human years)

Favourite food: Anything!

Favourite toy: Amber loves soft toys which she likes to carry around in her mouth.

Favourite pastime: Eating!

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Year of the Dog Day 232

I meant to go out at lunchtime today to search for a dog but I didn’t get chance. I planned to pop to the park on the way home from work but then I spotted a trainee Guide Dog in the Historic Reading Room in work, I was very happy! Percy is a lovely friendly boy, he’s very chilled out and I got to give him a stroke! Percy starts his Guide Dog training next month, I bet he’ll be great. Percy has lived with his foster human since he was 7 weeks old. They’re going to miss him loads but they’re really glad that he’s going to do an amazing job and will make a real difference to some ones life. They would definitely do it again! Percy has 10 brothers and sisters and the are all training to be Guide Dogs.

I couldn’t decide which photo I liked the best so I’ve added a few!

Handsome Percy!

Handsome Percy!

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Name: Percy

Breed: Yellow Labrador

Age: 13 months old

Job: Guide Dog

Favourite food: Percy eats a specialist diet

Favourite toy: A hard bone chew toy

Favourite pastime: Playing tug! Percy also enjoys going on the train to Manchester (Percy lives in Buxton).

Year of the Dog Day 213

I’m off work this weekend, I’m very pleased! I went to town today and I spotted 2 very lovely dogs who were helping their humans collect money for the Bolton NHS Charitable Fund. I went over to say hello and met very beautiful Baylee a Golden Retriever. Baylee is a Guide Dog and has been with her current human for 4 years. She’s a very friendly girl and was enjoying all of the fuss she was getting today! I got to give he lots of strokes and she leaned in for a cuddle. Baylee loves her human and licks her arm whenever they are bare!

Beautiful Baylee!

Beautiful Baylee!

Name: Baylee

Breed: Golden Retriever

Age: 6 years old (human years)

Job: Guide Dog

Favourite food: Baylee is on a specialist diet

Favourite toy: Squeaky dice. It’s quite noisy so she only gets to play with it as a special treat!

Favourite pastime: Free running

Year of the Dog Day 119

I was off today so I went for a walk with Ethan and my parents again to the end of their street; dog central! It didn’t take too long before handsome Murphy came running over to say hello! He’s so friendly and seemed to especially like Ethan! Murphy is 11 years old but you wouldn’t think it, he was as excited as a puppy!

Handsome Murphy!

Handsome Murphy!

Name: Murphy

Breed: Black Labrador

Age: 11 years old (human years)

Favourite food: Anything!

Favourite toy: Eeyore cuddly toy!

Favourite pastime: Running around the garden!

Year of the Dog Day 101

We all popped to the shop this morning and as soon as we walked in I spotted some people with 2 guide dogs who were there to collect money for the Guide Dog Association http://www.guidedogs.org.uk/.

Inca is a working Guide Dog and has been with his human daddy for 3 years. Inca is pretty tall and his dad was telling me that they breed Guide Dogs to different sizes to match the height of their owners. They also take other things into consideration like how active the person is and the kind of activities they regularly do. It’s so obvious but I hadn’t thought about it before that they would do that, it makes so much sense! Inca was very friendly and was happy for everyone to say hello! He lent into me for a little cuddle!

Rinty is a retired Guide Dog. His previous owner developed problems with his arms and so couldn’t walk with him anymore. They did try to re-train Rinty but they found that he had developed a fear of heavy traffic and so he had to retire. His current human daddy has always had dogs and has been a puppy walker for 13 different Guide Dog puppies. I asked him it was really hard giving them up; I don’t know if I could do it! He said that it is pretty hard but you have to remind yourself that they’ll only be with you for a year and that there going on to do an amazing job! He said that it’s all worthwhile when you receive a letter from there new owner thanking you for the work you’ve done! Rinty also lives with a former Guide Dog trainee that didn’t make it!

I know I’ve said it before but I think that Guide Dogs are so amazing, what caring, gentle, clever dogs they are!

Friendly Inca!

Friendly Inca!

Name: Inca

Breed: German Shepherd and Retriever cross

Job: Guide Dog

Age: 4 years old (human years)

Favourite food: Inca is on a special Guide Dog diet

Favourite toy: Pull ring

Favourite pastime: Free running and swimming!

Handsome Rinty!

Handsome Rinty!

Name: Rinty

Breed: German Shepherd

Job: Retired Guide Dog

Age: 4 years old

Favourite food: All food!

Favourite toy: Squeaky duck

Favourite pastime: Free waking out and about!

Year of the Dog Day 63

I went for a drive to Horwich today to take my son to the hairdressers and as we were parking up I spotted a lady training a guide dog so I went over to say hello. I wasn’t sure if they’d be able to stop but fortunately they could so I got to say hello to beautiful Thelma. Thelma is still a trainee guide dog, she’s in the last part of her training though and only has 2 months to go, what a clever girl! Thelma is sooo gentle and obviously very well behaved, she was one of the easiest dogs so far to get a photo of!

Since I’ve started my blog I’ve wanted to see a guide dog, they’re so amazing! The work they do is so fantastic, dogs really are incredible! To find out more about guide dogs follow the link below.

http://www.guidedogs.org.uk/supportus/join-friends-of-guide-dogs/

Beautiful Thelma

Beautiful Thelma

Name: Thelma

Breed: Black Labrador and Golden Retriever Cross

Age: 20 months old

Job: Guide dog

Favourite food: Thelma is on a specialist diet that all of the guide dogs are fed.

Favourite toy: Yellow toy

Favourite pastime: Running and playing in the park!