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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.

November 5, 2008

Weekly update – 42 weeks

Harry’s had another busy week which was full of new experiences, and some regular favourites, such as Puppy Class and a visit from Guide Dog puppy Blaze, who has now reached the grand old age of 10 weeks.

On Friday he met lots of witches and goblins, some at the local shops and the rest that knocked on the door collecting trick or treats.

Harry and the witch

As it turned out Hallowe’en was actually a bit of a problem solver for us. For the last few weeks Harry has been barking every time someone came to the door, but the doorbell rang so many times on Friday evening, that he finally got fed up and just ignored it.

Harry had another first this week, this time not such a pleasant one – he stood on a piece of glass and cut his front paw. Although he wasn’t in any pain and the wound was clean, it didn’t really heal until the next day. We got so tired of following him round the house with a cloth mopping up the small blood spots, that we confined him to the kitchen for a couple of hours. Harry wasn’t particularly happy about that.

On the subject of paws, the good news is that the lump which appeared on one of Harry’s paws a couple of weeks ago has disappeared as fast as it came. It seems the vet’s initial diagnosis that Harry was suffering from some sort of teenage spotty ailment was correct.

Harry’s favourite bit of the week has to be his long walk around the reservoir. Although he wasn’t very interested in the beautiful scenery, or the glorious weather, he thought the crisp crunchy leaves were just so exciting. He just couldn’t stop playing with them, snuffling around inside the piles, before tossing them into the air and trying to catch them. Although we did insist that he stop for a few seconds to pose by the water for a photo.

Harry poising at the side of the reservoir

Harry is facing another new challenge this evening – it’s November 5th and we’re expecting plenty of fireworks. We’ve done everything we can to stop him from getting spooked – he’s had lots of exercise today so there’s no need for him to go out this evening, except for what will be a very brief toilet break just before bed time.  We’ve shut all the curtains and blinds to muffle the noise and keep out the flashes of light, and the TV is turned to one of the channels showing wildlife programmes, which he loves. In addition, Harry has a special treat in store – a brand new roasted bone to chew on. Roll on the end of firework season!


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