Visited my guide dog puppy walker

Woof! Guide dog Fletcher here. Time flies and I celebrated an impawtant anniversary this week. One year ago, I moved in with my humans – the fabulous Fiona and belly-rub expert Andy – and started the last leg of my Guide Dogs’ training. Here in the photo, I am celebrating with a red Kong toy which was stuffed with tasty treats and frozen. Delicious at any time but even more so in the hot weather.Me guide dog Fletcher lying down with my face to the side intent on getting food out of a frozen red Kong toy

Now, none of this would have been possible without my volunteer guide dog puppy walker, Di, who gave me such a great start in life. Essentially, she brought me up with support from Guide Dogs’ staff.

Puppy walkers do such a pawsome job. Without them, there would be no life changers like me. So a BIG THANK YOU to all guide dog puppy walkers!

I last saw my puppy walker in January 2015. So imagine my surprise when I got to visit my puppy walker again. She was worried that I wouldn’t remember her. But I couldn’t stop wagging my tail when I arrived. Actually, I was so excited that my whole body went wag wag. I got to see my doggie auntie, Kerry, too. Here we all are in the photo – I’m getting treats.

Me guide dog Fletcher sitting down getting a treat from my puppy walker Di and with my doggy auntie Kerry to the side of me

We went for a run in the park on the edge of the local golf course. Well, I did lots of running. The humans walked and talked. I sniffed the grass a lot and it was as good as I remember. All this excitement was tiring and my doggie aunt, Kerry, and I needed a well-earned rest. We slept with paws touching whilst the humans talked some more. Here’s the photo.

Me guide dog Fletcher lying down at the top of the photo with my paw touching the paw of my doggie auntie Kerry. We're both sleeping on the carpet

My puppy walker is so proud that I qualified as a guide dog. I lived with her for just over a year before going off to Guide Dogs’ big school for training. When I returned, I was all grown-up and wearing my Guide Dogs’ harness. Thought you might like to see how much I’ve changed. Here are three photos in one showing me growing up and grown-up in the same doorway; my doggie auntie Kerry is in the background of the last photo.

3 photos of me guide dog Fletcher in one. All in the same doorway. As a puppy when I arrived at my puppy walkers in December 2013. As a teenager in January 2015 when I left for big school. In June 2016 as a qualified guide dog with my doggie aunty Kerry in the background

I’m so glad my human, Fiona, keeps in touch with my puppy walker. Not all guide dog owners do. My return visit was amazing. I wonder what other surprise visits are in store…

Woof and paw! Guide dog Fletcher.

P.S. Hope you’re all enjoying the July weather wherever you are in the world. In the UK, the summer has finally arrived. Thanks to all of you following my blog. If you don’t follow my blog, do join them. As always, feel free to leave me a pawsome comment…

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(c) pawsatthekerb™, July 2016.

I’m now 2 years old!

Woof woof from me, guide dog Fletcher! A woof to celebrate each year of my life. I’m now two years old. A teenager in dog years.

I’ve grown-up fast. This is a photo of me when I was a two month puppy. Aren’t I adorable?!

Me guide dog Fletcher as a puppy looking up at camera

The photo came from my brilliant puppy-walker, Di. Guide Dog volunteer puppy walkers make sure us guide dogs have a great start in life. So, this blog post is dedicated to them.

My birthday was on Tuesday. My day kicked off with extra fuss. To be honest, at the time I hadn’t grasped the concept of what a birthday was. All I knew was that I didn’t wanted my belly rubs to stop. Ah bliss, a spa-day.

Me guide dog Fletcher having a belly rub

And there was more fun to be had.

Now, I have a new cuddly toy. It’s a posh one which has been specially made for dogs (with embroidered eyes and double-stitched seams). It’s an elephant. And, it’s huge. It’s a little tricky to run up and down with it in my mouth. So I keep dropping it. But that doesn’t stop me trying. Oh, and it’s great for licking.

Me guide dog Fletcher licking elephant cuddly toy

It makes a good head rest too.

Me guide dog Fletcher with head resting on elephant toy

I also got an extra treat from human no. 2. Not entirely sure what it was but it was tasty. I do like my food. The rest of the day was business as usual which I also loved. I like guiding my human no.1; taking them out and about. Keeping them safe with paws at the kerb. I am a guide dog after all. A guide dog who’s now two years old.

That’s it from me. Keeping it short and sweet as it’s been a busy week.

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(c) pawsatthekerb™, November 2015.