FAF are delighted to announce that we have used the donations from our anniversary special to sponsor a Guide Dog puppy - Skye. Our money will go towards the cost of training and placement in her first two years.
You can follow updates of her progress by scrolling down the page. There is also an introduction to Skye on the Guide Dogs website (click the button below), where you can also find more information about their work.
27th August 2019
Skye is getting to grips with all the commands that puppies in training need to master. She is a patient and bright pup and so picked up the "sit" command quickly. Here’s the photographic evidence she can execute it perfectly!
24th September 2019
Skye has been looking forward to autumn as summertime can be a little tricky in such a shiny, black coat! She will continue practising travelling on various means of public transport as well as enjoying longer walks in a park.
16th October 2019
SKYE'S AUTUMN PUPDATE
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Hello, it’s Glyn here, Skye’s Puppy Walker. I am excited to update you on what she has been up to.
Skye is the third puppy I’ve raised for Guide Dogs, it’s a 24/7 job but it’s the best job I’ve ever had! When my husband started to lose his sight, I wanted to get involved with Guide Dogs in the community and puppy walking seemed like the perfect way to do that. I’m so proud to be raising puppies that will make a difference to people’s lives one day.
Learning the ropes
When Skye arrived, my other puppy in training, Oscar, was still living with me. It was lovely to see him teaching Skye the ropes and they got on so well – although she soon became the boss of him!
Skye is very obedient around the house. She sleeps in her bed, is patient with food, and I’ve even taken the stairgate away as she knows she isn’t allowed upstairs.
Skye’s favourite toy is a big stuffed dog; she drags it around the house and won’t let it go! She also likes her chewy bones which are great for her teething.
I’ve been exposing Skye to lots of different sights and smells such as supermarkets and cafés. This is known as ‘socialisation’ and is helping to build her confidence – not that she needs it! She is an incredibly bold girl and not nervous about new environments or loud noises. Even the bagpipes at a county fair didn’t faze her!
I’ve also taken Skye to St Pancras station in London, and she remained calm throughout all the noise and crowded platforms. Confidence in busy environments will be vital to her success as a future guide dog.
Learning new skills
Skye has been attending puppy classes to learn basic obedience skills. She’s a bright pup and has already mastered commands such as ‘sit’ and ‘stay’. As she loves other dogs, I was worried she would be distracted by them during class, but after she’d said hello to everyone, she was very calm and took it all in her stride. I’m so proud of her.
Skye does have a bossy streak and always likes to have my full attention so she barks when I’m on the phone or talking to someone. I will be working on improving her patience over the coming months and teaching her that although she’s gorgeous, the world can’t always revolve around her!
Thank you so much for sponsoring Skye. Look out for your next Pupdate in February.
28th January 2020
Skye has stepped into the New Year with confidence. She’s currently perfecting her loose lead walking skills with her Puppy Walker, Glyn. Skye has made incredible progress so far and we cannot wait to see what the future holds for her!