This week a really lovely thing happened; we were invited to visit our guide dog puppy Rochester, who is at the end of his Advanced Training. We puppy walked Rochester last year and waved him off to Guide Dog School in February. He has now completed his training and will shortly be matched up with a blind or partially sighted person in a new partnership.
On Wednesday we went to The Guide Dogs for the Blind Training School at Redbridge where we met Catherine, Rochester’s trainer. First we had a tour of the kennels and were able to say hello to a number of wonderful guide dogs in training. One of them was doing some training on the outdoor agility course and it was fun seeing her having such a great time! Then it was off to Barkingside to watch Rochester at work in the busy streets of North London. We were so impressed by his calmness and professionalism and were very proud of him! At the end of his work he came out of harness and had a play in the park, and we were able to go and say hello. I’m sure he remembered us as he tried to sit on my lap just like he used to do when he was a puppy!
With huge thanks to Catherine and to the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association and with every good wish to Rochester and his new owner for their future together!