A Q + A WITH GUIDE DOGS UK
We caught up some of the volunteers that work for Guide Dogs UK to learn a little bit more about what they do.
Can you tell us briefly what Guide Dogs UK do as a charity?
Guide Dogs UK is a mobility-focused charity. We train and breed our own guide dogs to help blind and partially sighted people get the kind of mobility that we all take for granted. We have around 4,500-5,000 dogs working in partnership with blind and partially sighted people. Can you believe that one guide dog owner has up to 9-10 guide dogs in their lifetime?
Every person and dog is unique, so how do you successfully match a dog to its owner?
It’s the most important part of the process. The guide dog mobility instructor who looks after the dog in the final 10 weeks of its training will have a list of people in mind. When we’re matching the dogs we look for certain characteristics that will match the owner’s personality. Obviously, the breed and the size of the dog is a determining factor, even the speed that it walks is important.
Final question guys, Kigu wants to know what animal onesies the Guide Dogs UK volunteers will be sporting this summer?
Dave: Oh goodness, Alison would definitely suit a donkey onesie.
Alison: I’d definitely be a donkey! Ha!
Dave: I’ve never dressed as a Koala so probably that or maybe a panda.
Adam: Well I dressed as a Reindeer for the guide dog Christmas fair, could I get away with that in June?
To learn a little more about Guide Dogs UK visit www.guidedogs.org.uk