A Year in the life of Yarrow, Puppy in Training

A Year in the life of Yarrow, Puppy in Training

Hello everybody.My name is Yarrow, I’m a Puppy in Training for Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind and I thought you might like to hear about me. I was born on 25th September 2019 to Mam Lulu and Dad Negan. I have 8 siblings – Yorik, Yorkie, Yazzi, Yetti, Yani, Yager, Yeska and Yanson.The reason all of our names begin with “Y” is because Irish Guide for the Blind assign puppies a name that starts with the letter of their litter. Prior to being born we were known as the “Y” litter.In late November 2019 at 8 weeks old I was placed with my Puppy Raiser Anne Mulligan in Balbriggan.I will stay with Anne until I am 12/14 months old. Anne is responsible, with the support of her Puppy Raising Supervisor, to train me so that I grow into a confident and happy puppy. In the future if I qualify I will help a Visually Impaired person as a Guide Dog or I maybe an Assistance Dog to help a child with Autism. My training with Anne involves going anywhere I will be required as a working dog. So I go to shopping centres, travel on public transport such buses, trains or trams.I also attend fund raising events for the Balbriggan/ North County Dublin Branch of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind. When I am out and about I wear my hi vis jacket to indicate that I am a Puppy in Training. Of course it’s not all work, I do have some down time as well.I enjoy free runs particularly in Ardgillan Park with my Guide Dog and non Guide Dog friends.The humans are great because they give us treats for being well behaved.In the next few months I will be leaving Anne and going to the Guide Dog Centre in Cork to continue my training. Initially I will be in Early Training before hopefully progressing to Advanced Training. By the time I am fully trained I will be almost 2 years of age.To contact your local Balbriggan/North County Dublin Branch of Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, phone or text 085 7663107 or email guidedogsbalbriggan@gmail.com or find & like us on Facebook at https://www.facebook.com/Balbriggan.Branch.of.Guide.Dogs You can Text WOOF to 50300 to donate €4. Text cost €4. Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind will receive a minimum of €3.60. Service Provider: LIKECHARITY. Helpline: 076 6805278.You can also visit the IGDB website www.guidedogs.ie and donate there.

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