Tuesday 26th June
Today we were invited to Guide Dogs atThe weather forecast had been for a return of summer for Monday and Tuesday so we were looking forward to a nice day out but as usual they got it wrong.
to see our last Guide Dog Pup,
Carly, working in harness in the final stages of her basic training. Shrewsbury
We arrived at the office on the
and were met by
Claire, Carly’s trainer . She introduced us to the other members of staff and
Crumble and Bracken who she is also training. They all have their beds in the
office and relax in there with the staff when they are not being trained. Shrewsbury Business
and Bracken Phoenix
Carly had been put in the training van so that she would not see us until she had finished her training walk otherwise she would have been too distracted to concentrate. Claire got her out of the van and put her in harness and started the walk around the housing estate next to the offices. We walked carefully at a discreet distance behind making sure that she could not see or smell us as she crossed roads and went down narrow paths feeling like spies tracking a person.
When we reached the park Claire took her out of the harness and called us over to greet her. She looked at us as if to say who is this and then suddenly realised who we were and made a dash for us jumping up and going wild. We played with her in the park and then walked back to the office.
Watching Carly working makes you realise how difficult it must be for a visually impaired person to put their faith in a dog to keep them safe and what a great bond they must develop with one another for the partnership to work.
* Carly on her training walk
in lovely Rain
Once we had said our good byes to Carly and Claire we made our way home but decided to take a detour via Fradley Junction where the
in Autumn Years. We arrived just in time for tea and home made cake. Richardsons was on her best
behaviour and slept most of the time. She made up for it however when she got
home and was a little devil until bedtime. Phoenix