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Guide Dogs Puppy - Hank

Meet Hank and his puppy raiser, Bernadette!

Hank is settling in to life in Sandyford with his puppy raiser, Bernadette.

Hank is Bernadette’s 7th puppy she has raised so he is in good hands! He is a bit of a cheeky chappy and a bit of a character, something that Izzy has shown also. Their raisers are finding it hard to be too hard on them. Training for Hank is also going very well at present and presenting to be a very quick learner.

 

 

Photos of Hank - he's growing fast!

Izzy - Guide Dog for the Blind - Kerry Mountain October 2019

Here's Izzy on a recent trip to Kerry!  She loves to travel and explore new places :)

Here are some gorgeous images of April who will become a brood, a mum, to many more superhero doggies. It will be some time yet before she has her first litter but we can't WAIT for that cuteness!

Here's Hank enjoying some Christmas shopping and looking forward to a visit from Santa!

Thanks to his raiser Bernadette for these lovely photos of Hank. He's a real beauty :)

Hank - Guide Dog for the Blind, at Christmas time
Hank - Guide Dog for the Blind, at Kildare Village

Hank, Izzy and Champ - look at them now!

The Irish Guide Dogs we have sponsored have returned to Cork for further assessment and training and they are after getting so big while they have been away! Aside from being adorable these doggies are on a mission to train hard and work to help empower people to move safely and confidently around their communities.

Hank has been selected for the Guide Dog programme and has begun very well.

Izzy is settling in well after an initial stressful period for her after leaving her home but staff at HQ are looking after her well. She is still been evaluated for her suitability for either the Guide or Assistance dog programme.

And Champ has been selected for the Assistance Dog programme and has displayed an excellent temperament for this. He will hopefully come through to work with a family of a child with autism.

 

The Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind is an amazing charity - please donate if you can!

Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind website - https://guidedogs.ie/

The Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind Goal Is Simple

We support people who are vision impaired and families of children with autism by providing life-changing services.

With your help we create exceptional partnerships between people and their dogs.

Our highly trained dogs empower people to move safely and confidently around their communities.

Here's a few photos of our lovely sponsored guide dog Champ at Claremount Beach!

Thanks to his raiser Kathy for these great shots!  :-)

Hank - Guide Dog for the Blind, on the beach
Hank - Guide Dog for the Blind, on the beach
Hank at Guide Dogs for the Blind HQ in Cork

Callum, who works in our kennels in Cork is taking care of Hank at home for now.
Here he is getting his daily exercise on a Cork beach, keeping within 2k from home ;-)

 

Hank at Cork beach in Easter 2020
Izzy - Guide Dog for the Blind, Connemara

Here is the adorable Izzy (and friends) on her recent trip to Connemara over the holidays.

Thanks to her raiser Emma for these gorgeous photos. She's a stunning dog and looks like she's loving life with her friends.

Champ

Champ has been moved to the Guide Dog Programme and away from the Assistance Dog programme (for a child with autism) because of the strong levels of confidence he has begun to display! He's making excellent progress and he is displaying all the rights traits to be good Guide Dog. Well done Champ! We're proud of you :)

Champ

Hank and his puppy raiser, Bernadette, are doing really well. He is settling down a lot she said and really concentrating on his training.

Hank - Guide Dog for the Blind

Kathy sent on some gorgeous photos of Champ. As you can see he is doing really well and is currenty on his holidays in Wicklow :)

Champ, our sponsored Guide Dog

Izzy on a recent trip to Connemara. Training is going really well with Emma and Izzy is proving to be a very confident and outgoing little one.

Izzy - Guide Dog for the Blind
Hank

The dogs are now back training properly, albeit with some necessary restrictions in place but none impactful on the dogs at all.

Here is Champ out training in Cork with trainer, Cliodhna. He has his Guide Dog harness and training is all going very well.

Izzy is working with trainer Ciara and is going to soon graduate as a Guide Dog.

Hank has been working with trainer, Martin and he should be able to begin training with the family soon.
Here he is with his blue harness which denotes him as a proud Assistance Dog graduate! He has been matched to a family in Cork who’s son has autism and will begin home training with them in the next week or so. Strict measures will be in place for the trainers as they work with the family and PPE equipment will be used.


We're thrilled to see the first of the three dogs graduate on to one of the programmes! Well done Hank!

 

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