The great news is that last month, Harley graduated as a fully certified guide dog!
As volunteers for the Royal Society for the Blind here in South Australia, we housed the dog as part of their “Bed and Breakfast” program. This means that we looked after Harley after-hours. On each weekday, we dropped Harley off to the trainers in the morning and then collected him after ‘school’.
We were delighted to be part of Harley’s training and to have his company at all times as we went through our regular life routines. There were a few times that we were able to take him to work. At the supermarket, he always got a lot of attention.
He is currently with his new client assisting her through life, and both are doing well together.
Well done Harley!
In the last week, we also had the pleasure of looking after Tommy for a few days in our home. In the picture above, he is taken a nap while keeping me company at work.
Tommy is a 14-week old Retriever/Lab cross and is still with his puppy educators for at least 12-14 months. He will then start his intensive training and will stay with a Bed & Breakfast boarder (maybe us with a little luck!).