Back in October 2015, the team at our support centre hosted a charity event in aid of Guide Dogs UK. Our support centre colleagues were introduced to two guide dogs in training called Bubbles and Jogle, along with their voluntary puppy walkers, to learn more about how guide dogs can change lives for the blind. If you missed our blog, you can find out more about the event here.
During this event, the team managed to raise a fantastic £105.00 and they used this money to sponsor a guide dog puppy of their own! His name is Felix and the money is helping him to become a life-changing companion for a blind or partially sighted person.
We are incredibly excited to have received our first ‘pupdate’ and we would love to share it with you!
Felix has started his training!
Since sponsoring the lovable Felix, he has come on leaps and bounds! He is now living with his puppy walker, Lorraine, in her home in Essex. Felix is the fifth puppy that Lorraine has puppy walked for Guide Dogs UK. He has settled in really well so far and Lorraine says he is the most chilled out puppy she has ever had. This is great news as it is really important that Felix remains calm and focused when guiding his future owner.
Felix and Lorraine have been to lots of new places together. Lorraine often takes him to their local garden centre to meet her friends for lunch. He is as good as gold and lies under the table.
Our sponsored pup has made lots of furry friends, too! His best friend is a guide dog called Pam – Lorraine looks after her from time to time when her owner isn’t able to. We are sure Pam has been teaching Felix how to become a great guide dog!
The pair also visited Lorraine’s new baby granddaughter and Felix was great with the baby. It’s really important that Felix is comfortable in these kinds of situations as his future owner may have a young family of their own.
Felix’s puppy classes are coming on well. He has learnt all of his basic commands, such as ‘sit’ and ‘stay’, and has even mastered coming back to the whistle on a free-run! In his downtime, the perfect pooch likes to perform some of his special tricks like ‘doggy puzzles’ where he has to find a treat with his nose!
We are very proud of how far Felix has come, and we can’t wait to hear more about his adventures through his next pupdate in June! We’ll be sure to update you of his journey!
One of our student veterinary nurses, Pip Lewis, will be running this year's London Marathon in aid of Guide Dogs UK. If you can spare even just £1, please follow Pip's Just Giving page to help her reach her £2,000 target!
If you would like to sponsor a guide dog of your own, or if you would like to donate some money to support Guide Dogs UK, simply visit their website for more information.
Posted April 12, 2016 in Press