Friday, 8 July 2016

Twiglet training at Headingley cricket ground with Chris her trainer, learning to be steady on steps.  What a good girl!


Wednesday, 6 July 2016

Twiglet on the grooming table at school.


Twiglet at school, playing with her friend, Pringle ~ two snacks together!


Thursday, 26 May 2016

Time for a big change

Twiglet left for school yesterday - a big change in her young life.

Go well lovely girl, work hard and play lots xx




Wednesday, 25 May 2016

Last free run

We had our last free run before Twiglet goes to school in Tandle Hills country park - a fabulous morning.











Thursday, 12 May 2016

Saturday, 23 April 2016

Barnaby

Twiglet's brother, Barnaby came to visit - he's a lovely looking big, strapping lad!








Sunday, 3 April 2016

Hairdryer

This is what Twiglet does when I get the hairdryer out!






Wednesday, 30 March 2016

Free Run

Twiglet and Tatze didn't realise, at first, that I have stopped walking, but came haring back when they did.

Good girls!





Monday, 21 March 2016

Success!

At long last the puppy has grown out of pinching and playing with shoes and socks (after many, many "leave it" lessons!) - she fell asleep next to them :) )

(Photo shows a kitchen scene with wooden floor and breakfast bar. Yellow GDP, Twiglet is lying on the floor next to my grey trainers which have blue and white socks tucked into them. My pet black Lab, Tatze, is asleep on her red leather chair.  The second photo shows Twiglet stretched out, fast asleep on her mat next to the trainers)





































Saturday, 19 March 2016

Meet up

We met Guide Dog Maple and her owner today.  Twiglet had a great time playing with her in the woods.  I'm sure Maple whispered some doggy secrets to her too!







Friday, 18 March 2016

Play time!










Inspiring Guide Dog owners

Here is an inspiring story by a guide dog owner and, ultimately, the reason I puppy walk.

People often say "I don't know how you give them up" as if we puppy walkers are heartless!  My answer is "It breaks my heart, of course, but she was never my dog and she has a very special job to do when she's old enough"

Here is Claire's story of one short morning - 


"Yesterday was a busy but uneventful, after pick my daughter up from school we took her and my GD to the park to play and run. Minnie GD literally found the only puddle remaining in the whole park! She became a hippo and was ditched she looked like a chocolate lab! So we got home I took her from the boot and straight into the garden to begin the big clean up, nothing out of the ordinary.
I had to get her clean as we always have the school run in the morning.
Morning comes I get my daughter ready as usual, feed and spend Minnie no issues, I put her work collar on and lead and then reached up to find her Harness....,
It wasn't there ahhhh no, it was still in the car, the car my husband has now gone to work in, the car he was supposed to clear out for me after we got back as I had my hands full cleaning ditch dog....
Not only this, my back up Long Cane was also in the car from a previous occasion!
So for the first time in 3 years I had NO Mobility aid, I panicked but I had to get my daughter to school! Thankfully my neighbour (Kirsty's)boy goes to the same school she knocked for me, she offered to take my daughter so I didn't have to go but, I knew my girl would get upset and I didn't want to let her down. Kirsty has run with me before so she is used to guiding me, but the school run is full of children everywhere, noises(I'm partially deaf) and its Bin day! My 5 year old daughter said mummy I'll guide you .... That broke me but I had no option so she took me to the end of the street for abit then to Kirsty so I took her arm and she guided me to school it felt so weird nothing pulling my left arm, a few command words slipped out I'm so used to talking to my dog en route and although I know she avoids bins and sits at curbs etc I didn't realise how much she navigates around all the Children and pushchairs etc, it was a slow walk but we got there just as doors opened at school. Phew!
Only our children don't go into the same classroom so I take my daughters hand and she leads me through to her cloak room she then comes back to me and takes me to her class room, the teachers noticed I was dogless and showed concern and asked it i was ok, I explained briefly and carried on saying bye to my Daughter, I just had to get out, that area is very narrow with small tables and chairs and lots of children around as well as all the parents, I hugged the door to her class room and the felt along the wall out where I froze as realised I couldn't see where to go or a way out it was too congested, thankfully another mum spotted me and came over and said take my arm I'll get you out... I was so thankful she thought the harness was broke or something so explained and said thank you just leave me at outside door and my neighbour will take me home, I then heard claire I'm coming from behind you don't worry, it was Kirsty she gave me her arm and took me home, mentioning path unevenness and curbs etc all the way home bless her! 

This is the first time I've felt so near a panic attack since Minnie came into my life, it was awful I'd lost my left arm I'd lost my protection and my confidence and gained a whole load of eye ache and stress! Although I am extremely grateful to have my neighbour as a good friend and to the parent who helped me, I didn't want my 5 year old to guide me, she's good at it but it's not her job or her worry.
I got her to school that was my aim, but it's was far too much stress pre 9am! But after getting home to a very confused dog she was happy to see me but I can tell she's upset she didn't get her normal school fuss and walk, it made me realise I literally walk to school every day without even thinking anymore, it's so routine and she does her job spot on, yes she pulls left at times yes she will beeline for a parent she knows has a dog to give them a sniff but all of that is part of her, part of me! Although inside the school is noisy and busy at drop off, it never bothers her, she just gets me and my daughter in to her class room without me having to think or 'look'. 

This is a thing most parents do daily without a care, for me this isn't possible without my GD I don't know how I'd cope without her, she is me, she's is a pain in the bum sometimes, she rolls in mud and Waggs her tail too much it knocks things over... But she is ME and I love her for all her little quirks."


Sunday, 13 March 2016

Favourite reservoir

We had a lovely walk today round our favourite reservoir :)

Twiglet has excelent recall.




Saturday, 27 February 2016

Wednesday, 3 February 2016

Waiting Patiently

Tatze has had her walk today and is having a nice snooze.  Twiglet is waiting patiently for her turn :)