Second Sponsored Guide Dog

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Meet Eddie our second guide dog puppy.

BREED: Black Labrador cross Golden Retriever

MUM: Darcy

DAD: Luke

Eddie is six weeks old in this picture. This mischievous pup is full of confidence. He loves to play on the slide and go on adventures around the garden with other pups.

Looking forward to hearing about this training and progress, I am sure he will be as amazing as Cally.

Sponsored Guide Dog Update

This is Cally's final update

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Cally is now a fully qualified guide dog and has been partnered with Bob.

It is clear to see that the pair have already built a unique bond.

"Cally loves her food! When we are out and about and Cally is off the lead she comes back the moment I blow the whistle because she knows it means food." smiled Bob.

Bob lost his sight in his late 50’s and he quickly realised he needed the assistance of a guide dog. “I was cycling and realised I couldn’t see the end of the hill: that is when I knew I was losing my sight”, Bob has an inherited eye condition called “high myopia”, which causes his vision to be blurry in the distance, but clearer when looking at things up close.

Bob’s first guide dog was called Nicky and he loved her dearly, he kept Nicky all of her life until she passed away in February last year. “I knew I needed another guide dog but it was hard for me to get over losing Nicky - she was not just a guide, but a best friend too.

Cally gets on really well with Barney, Bob's son's dog.

Between the two dogs, Bob used a white cane to get around. He found that because of this, a lot of people would keep their distance from him when walking down the street. Now he has Cally he can’t stop people coming over and giving her a stroke and saying hello.

The day begins for them both at 7am when Bob lets Cally out into the garden and gives her breakfast. They then go on their first walk of the day around the lovely seaside town of Pakefield where they live.

Bob is an enthusiastic walker and takes Cally out for two, if not three walks a day depending on the weather. Bob and his wife Joan live nearby to their daughter Ruth, which means that Cally has lots of family around her.

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"Cally is a great companion and I am so pleased to have her."

I am sure that you will agree that it is wonderful to see the difference that Cally is making to Bob’s life, and we wish them a lifetime of happiness together.

Sponsored Guide Dog Update

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Cally has now moved onto advanced training, and has been matched with her new owner Bob, they are about to start partnership training together. This allows them to bond and learn how to work together.

Bob is an elderly gentleman, who lives by the sea, he also uses a walking stick, so Cally has been getting used to working with a mobility aid. She was curious at first, but now just ignores it and continues with her guiding tasks. This is a wonderful achievement.

Cally is a very gentle dog, and her trainer is confident that her kind nature will suit Bob’s lifestyle.

We will be able to catch up on Cally and Bob in the next update, which should be with us around February/ March.

Cally is now nearly qualified, so in the not so distant future we will be looking for a new guide dog puppy to sponsor, and trust that he or she will be as successful as our lovely Cally.

Sponsored Guide Dog Update

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Cally is now 9 months old (we can’t believe how quickly time has passed) and apparently she has come a long way in a short space of time.

Her puppy walkers have taken her to Barnes, the Olympic Village and the Bank of England fun day both in London. She has also been to Hever Castle where there were lots of swans and cygnets, “Cally wasn’t interested in them, she was as good as gold.” says her puppy walker Lorna.

Cally has been out and about on buses, trains and many car journeys. Lorna explained “On a recent train journey, there was a wide gap at one of the station platforms and I thought Cally might have a problem but she just jumped onto the train with no hesitation.”

Well done Cally, one day, Cally’s future owner may use a variety of different forms of transport so it is important that she is trained on them all.

Lorna described Cally as “A delightful companion, she’s a pleasure to have in the house, loves her walks into town and seems to really enjoy shopping at the supermarket." Lorna went on to say “Cally loves people, especially children! She is very gentle with them, she even seems to know when a child is worried by dogs and sits very still.”

Cally is doing very well in her training and her obedience is good. It won’t be long now until Cally goes off to Guide Dog Training School, and all the training that Lorna has given her can be built upon so that one day Cally will be partnered with a person who is blind or partially sighted.

The photograph shows her with her puppy walker Lorna.

Cally's off to a flying start

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Cally has now moved into her Puppy Walker’s house in Kent, and in these crucial months she will be introduced to lots of new experiences, like going to shops and restaurants and using public transport. She will also be taught basic obedience commands such as “sit", “stay”and “wait”.

We are told that Cally’s basic obedience training is coming along nicely and she was recently awarded her Bronze Kennel Club certificate, which is amazing for such a young age.

Lorna, Cally’s puppy walker has already taken her on some public transport to get her used to the busy sights and sounds ready for the future.

“She behaved brilliantly on the bus” Lorna told us “and we are planning her first journey on a train next month - we are sure that Cally won’t disappoint”.

Next month Lorna and the other puppy walker Stephen will be taking Cally and Clio (another puppy in training with her) on holiday. They will be spoilt with lots of free runs, but will also be practising some of their newly learnt commands.

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Sponsored Guide Dog

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The Greenwich Natural Health Centre is sponsoring a guide dog puppy. Her name is Cally and at the moment she is just six weeks old.

From 0 - 6 weeks she will remain with her mother and siblings at home. She will then have her health checks and immunisations before moving to the National Breeding Centre.

We are told she loves being mischievous and teasing her brothers and sisters during play time.

It will take two years for Cally to complete her training and be matched with her new owner. We will be receiving regular photographs and pupdates on her progress.

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