Paw Prints Spring 2021

August 24, 2021
A young black Labrador puppy is looking at the camera with its tongue sticking out. Lawn and coloured balls are in the background.

Your heart will be warmed reading about six year-old Thomas and black Labrador Vinn; one of most recent Autism Assistance Dog matches. It’s so wonderful to see Vinn supporting Thomas to access his community more safely, participate in family mealtimes and settle into bed at night.

We also share Melissa’s story. Melissa is a University student, who is facing her future with confidence thanks to the efforts of our staff and the ongoing support of people like you. Melissa has Stargardt’s disease, a type of macular degeneration that causes a progressive loss of vision in both eyes. Whilst Melissa knows her vision could deteriorate at any time, she says “getting support from Guide Dogs has helped me feel less scared. I don’t know what will happen in the future, but I am already learning the skills that I might need which makes it less stressful for me.” 

Finally, I hope you enjoy reading how our long-term volunteer Linda has found ‘puppy love’ in Hutch. Linda has raised dozens of future Guide Dog and Autism Assistance Dog puppies and says “people always ask me, ‘How do you give the dogs up?’ I tell them, ‘This dog is going to help somebody’. What better gift can you give someone?”

Moments like these are at the heart of everything we do. We hope you enjoy reading your copy of Paw Prints and learning about the lives you are helping to change.


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