You may remember a few months ago, our support centre colleagues sponsored a guide dog puppy, called Felix, who is training to become a life-changing companion for a blind or partially-sighted person.
We have received the latest “pup-date” on Felix saying how he is getting on and we would love to share it with you!
Felix lives with Lorraine at her home in Essex and we’re pleased to say he’s doing really well so far. He continues to be a chilled out puppy when at home but “comes to life” when he is out and about, and is always excited to meet new people. He settles very quickly when meeting people for the first time but he still has to be reminded to keep all paws on the ground sometimes – he is still young so getting excitable is natural!
Lorraine regularly meets up with another fellow puppy walker in the area who looks after a guide dog puppy called Ivy. Although Felix is in training he still gets time to play and have fun with other puppies; it's not all hard work and no play. Lorraine and her friend also train the puppies together by taking them to places, such as the supermarket, and walks them around separately so that they learn to ignore each other and realise that being on the lead means it’s time to focus. Well done Felix!
Felix has been exposed to all different means of travel and is taking the experiences in his stride which is great to hear – he’ll need to be ready for anything in future to be able to confidently guide his new owner. When outside, Felix is calm around noisy traffic and notices things above him too (such as helicopters) so is becoming more aware of the world. He is happy to travel by train and Lorraine has started to increase the length of the journeys now he is getting older – he also loves going on the bus! Lorraine is making sure that the pair of them are extending time spent on their exercises such as going to the shops. This helps to reflect the day-to-day life of someone with sight loss who he will go on to guide with when he is qualified.
We’re so pleased with Felix’s confident progress and can’t wait to catch up with him again for the next Pup-date in October.
For more photos of Felix, you can visit: www.sponsorapuppy.org.uk/puppy-felix
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 July 1, 2016