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Some lovely photos of Hank with, Yoko, who is being minded by his puppy raiser, Bernadette, for a few days. He is really enjoying himself with his new friend. Training is going well for him. He is finding his independence and displaying a better temperament each week.

Hank - Guide Dog for the Blind
Hank - Guide Dog for the Blind April 2019

It’s hard to believe that two years have come to an end but we are thrilled that the support we have given to Irish Guide Dogs now has a happy ending for all.

We are delighted to report the outcome of the 3 pups we sponsored back at the end of 2018 have had the following results:

Izzy – is now a Guide Dog with a lady in Cork

Champ – is now a Guide Dog with a gentleman in Louth

Hank – is now an Assistance Dog for a family in Cork who’s son has autism. He has been in training with them since last month.

Amazing! Well done to the Team of raisers and trainers at Irish Guide Dogs!

Izzy - Irish Guide Dogs - graduates

"We really cannot thank you enough for all you have done for the 3 dogs and indeed those three lives you have truly changed. We are so very grateful and thank you sincerely."

- John Burke of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind

Hank - Irish Guide Dogs - graduates

Thanks to Kathy, Champ's minder for taking these wonderful photos of Champ. He had the company of another puppy, Orbit, in training recently. How cute are they together?!

His training going very well.  He is excellent in the house apart from waking up too early! He is walking very well, stops a bit to check things out but quickly continues on.  His recall is very good.

He is growing into a fine handsome dog and loves his free runs away from the training.

 

Champ - Guide Dog - April 2019
Champ - Guide Dog - April 2019

What they did next. A little update on our sponsored Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. We're proud to say...

Hank (left) is an Assistance Dog for a family of a child with autism in Cork;

Izzy (middle) is a Guide Dog based in Cork and

Champ (right) is a Guide Dog based in County Louth.

We're so pleased to be sponsoring such a life changing charity.

So pleased in fact that we are going to sponsor 3 more puppies this year!

Watch this space for full announcement (and cute photos!) very soon.

 

Some adorable photos of Izzy, who, loves here toys! She, like Champ and Hank, are almost 7 months old now already.

She is very playful, so she can get distracted sometimes, but is still a very diligent little pup and a fast learner.

Izzy - Guide Dog - April 2019
Izzy - Guide Dog - April 2019

Some early photos of our sponsored puppies from the homes where they are being socialised. Normally this happens at HQ in Cork but with Covid restrictions and with the pups all being born in Kildare, it was felt it would be better to keep them close by and have volunteers help with their social skills. This is an extra step this year so some nice bonus images before they head to their puppy raisers in a few weeks’ time.

Melt your heart cuteness!

Check out these recent photos of Hank, our sponsored Guide Dog for the Blind.  He is loving life and befriends most animals he meets. His puppy raiser, Bernadette, says he is doing very well, very intelligent, obedient and diligent to work. He's almost 9 months old now and growing fast. He will remain with his puppy raiser, Bernadette, for around another 3 to 4 months depending on scheduling of training at HQ in Cork.

We are delighted to share that April, Andrew and Aska are getting on well with their new puppy raisers and settling in with all the family.

izzy july 19
izzy july 19

Check out these gorgeous photos of Izzy sent by her raiser Emma at the weekend. Here she is enjoying the beautiful scenery (and company) in Galway and making the trip over to Dursey Island, Cork via the cable car which she took all in her stride!

Check out our sponsored Guide Dog in training April.  Isn't she a beauty?  Thanks to her puppy raiser Amanda for sending in these fab photos. She is clearly thriving and doing really well on her career path.

As you can see, Hank is growing into a handsome young man for sure. He is great with other animals and takes his role at the allotment Bernadette and her husband have very seriously indeed :)

 

Hank in August on allotment standing in mud
Hank rolling in the mud
Hank leading the horse with reins in his mouth

Andrew our sponsored Irish Guide Dog for the Blind loves to work hard, rest hard & play hard!  What a good boy he is training for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind coolangel

Find out more about this wonderful life changing charity on their website - https://www.guidedogs.ie/