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Hi. My name is Harry, I'm a Guide Dog Puppy in Training and this is my Blog.

Atherton Appeal

Harry supported Guide Dogs' appeal to equip the brand new training school for the North of England at Atherton. He was keen to help as he was to be one of the first puppies to train at the new school.

Harry was at the launch of the appeal on 7th October 2008 where he got to meet the Press. One of the newspaper articles can be seen here.

July 9, 2008

Weekly update – 25 weeks

Harry is now 25 weeks old and this last week has been a very different one for Harry – he’s been on holiday for the very first time.

On the pier

While we were away, we used the change of scene to make some alterations in Harry’s routine. The first of these changes was in his sleeping arrangements. Up until now Harry has been sleeping in an indoor kennel, although during the previous week the door was left open overnight to give him the freedom to move around the kitchen overnight. Now the problem we had is that Harry’s kennel is quite large and it would have taken up an awful lot of room in the boot of the car, this would have meant leaving some of our ‘stuff’ behind.  Not an ideal situation. So we had no choice – Harry would have to sleep in his new ‘big dog’s bed’.

We were expecting quite a disturbed first night, a strange bed in a strange house, but no – Harry was a real star and took to it like a duck to water. After about two minutes he was fast asleep and we didn’t get a squeak out of him until 7.30 the next morning. Of course, this may have had something to do with him being shattered after the excitement of his first run on a beach.

Harry in his new big dog\'s bed

The other major change for Harry was in his feeding routine – down from three meals a day to two. This bit was easy while we were away, we just made sure he went somewhere new and exciting at lunch time so he didn’t even notice he was missing a meal.

Now we’re back home things are different. Once we’ve finished our lunch, he immediately moves to where his food is prepared and sits expectantly. A short time later, when he realises nothing is happening, he’ll throw us a dirty look. A few more minutes and he gives a whimper – just to remind us he’s there and still waiting. After a few more minutes he wanders over to his bed, throws himself down with a huge sigh, and then sulks. We’re hoping it won’t be long before he gets used to the new regime.

Harry had an absolute ball on holiday and it would be hard to pick just one highlight from the whole week. He loved all his runs on the beach and the cliff top walks. He especially loved his nightly trips to the local pub where everyone made such a fuss of him. But for Harry, probably the best bit was the time he spent just pottering around on the beach with his best friend.

Pottering on the beach


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