Picture of Harry

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.

May 5, 2009

Goodbye Harry

Today is the day we’ve been dreading, the day Harry moves on to his formal training at the new Guide Dog Training Centre in Atherton.

Puppy class was on this morning, but we played truant, preferring to spend the last few hours with him at home and on one last walk.



Harry’s supervisor came to collect him about 30 minutes ago. He walked down the garden path without a backward glance.

We know he will be well looked after and cared for, but it doesn’t make it any easier.

Harry’s purpose in life is to be a loyal guide and companion to someone who needs him more than we do.

We’ve done all we can, the rest is up to him.


  1. Take heart in the fact that you two have done a wonderful job and given him such a great start. What superb memories. Are you going to do it again? Lots of love.

    Comment by Richard — May 6, 2009 @ 1:25 pm

  2. You have both done a brilliant job, and it was nice to see him during those last few days and to go with Harry for his last visit to the Queens Head.

    Speak soon take care.

    Lots of love

    Carolyn and Ray

    Comment by Ray — May 7, 2009 @ 10:34 am

  3. Hi there,

    I’m Lindsay and I was that person who brought Harry to you with Jane last March, who you kindly fed lovely Thai soup! It was my first week at Guide Dogs and I’m still there and am now also at the new Atherton Centre.

    I saw Harry today and went to say hello to him. He’s so lovely and you should be so proud of yourselves. My husband and I board the trainee dogs while they’re in this stage of training and it always breaks our hearts to say goodbye, even though they are only with us for a few months. But wow what a feeling to know what they will become and how they will be such an important part in someone’s life.

    I work in the volunteer recruitment office, and with that hat on I thank you for all the time and dedication you offer to Guide Dogs. We would literally be nothing without our volunteers.

    The last I saw of Harry today was him chewing very happily on a stuffed bone in the training arena. I recognised him straight away from your pictures – I have been keeping up to date with his progress and adventures, thanks to Jane.

    Thanks again,

    Comment by Lindsay Lloyd — May 8, 2009 @ 7:53 pm

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