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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.

August 13, 2008

Weekly update – 30 weeks

Harry started this week still licking his lips at meal times at the prospect of the chicken and rice diet he’s been on. We thought he might turn his nose up at his regular dried food, but when we re-introduced it it was business as usual, with Harry hoovering it up in record time. Harry is very food orientated and can always be guaranteed to look at you adoringly if he thinks there may be a treat available.

Lying at the bottom of the stairs

Harry’s test results from the vet have all come back negative, although there’s still one last result to come and hopefully we’ll get that in the next couple of days. Once he’s got the all clear we’ll be off for another trip to the vet as it’s time for Harry to have his kennel cough vaccination.

Harry thoroughly enjoyed his time in the Lake District and learnt quite a lot from the working Guide Dogs he met there, we were especially impressed that by the second day he didn’t always have to be told when to lie down and stay still, he just did it.

One thing that was new to Harry was speeding traffic as we walked along some roads that were not restricted to 30 mph. At first he was a little startled as the cars seemed to hurl themselves towards him at quite an alarming rate, often with their headlights on in the rain, but after a while he became accustomed to it, although he much preferred not to walk on the right hand side of the road facing the oncoming traffic.

A trip to Ambleside really tested Harry as the town was absolutely buzzing. The pavements are quite narrow and it seemed as though there were thousands of people there, all jostling for space and all with either small children, babies in buggies, or dogs. Harry managed his walk through town like a star but he was absolutely shattered when we got back to the hotel.

Harry’s favourite bits were his walks round the lake. He loved to paddle and dig for stones on the shore, but best of all were the jettys – he just loved to walk up and down them watching all the interesting things happening on the water.

Harry on the jetty