When my dearly beloved Mum was alive, in the latter years of her life she suffered with Glaucoma and Macular Degeneration. This resulted in her being registered partially sighted. She was very stoical and never complained. One year for her birthday I purchased a sponsorship pack for a guide dog puppy called Timber which she enjoyed – especially receiving the updates on Timber’s progress which I used to read to her.
Sometime later I got in touch with the National Breeding Centre at Leamington Spa and arranged for a visit for both my Mum and myself. Due to Mum having previously had a stroke, Mum was in a wheelchair, so I enquired if the training centre was fully accessible, which of course it was. So we set off for this visit – I remember Mum saying to me “I hope they don’t expect me to bring a dog home with me”. At the time I thought this was rather sweet. I didn’t explain to her that is definitely not how it happens!
We met lots of dogs and enjoyed our tour. This July 2012 the Guide Dogs Breeding Centre in Leamington Spa plans to open its doors to the public in Mid July. Visitors to the centre will learn more about the NBC’s work. To find out more, email NBCVisitors@guidedogs.org.uk or phone 08453727432.
Continuing my support of this inspiring organisation I was invited to take my crafts to their Fun Day last summer at Leamington Spa. It was a beautiful day and I don’t think I have met so many well behaved dogs together all in the same place! Visitors also brought their dogs and it was lovely to see all the different breeds. I set up my Craft Stall and had lots of browsers who were very complimentary about my items and I sold a few things too!
I regularly receive “Forward “ - The official Guide Dogs magazine. There are fascinating and inspiring stories contained in the magazine of how dogs are changing people’s lives. It is so very heart warming. I was particularly struck by one story of how dogs can be duel trained. One guide dog is also a seizure alert dog. This is particularly valuable to a blind person who also suffers with epilepsy. In the article it says that it is not known exactly how the dogs detect the seizure but there are minute physiological changes in the person, invisible to the human eye.
I hope you have enjoyed reading this post and if you would like further information please visit their website: www.guidedogs.org.uk. I also hope you have enjoyed looking at the beautiful crafted items for my dog themed post which are available from the Folksy sellers – just click on the photo and it will take you directly to their shop.
One final thought: “Guide dogs has been transforming lives for more than 80 years”. They always need help in continuing their work so why not have a think about what you can do to support them. I know I am going too!
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