50 members enjoyed a visit to the training centre for guide dogs for the blind on 22nd June 2017.
We met many of the very enthusiastic volunteers who gave us a very warm welcome. The volunteers introduced themselves and told us of their role in the organisation.
One couple " puppy walked" 26 dogs and I was amazed at the dedication they showed and was amazed to learn that it was much more than walking them.The training included getting them used to the outside world as well as toilet training them right from a very early age.We also met a young man who as a result of a brain tumour had impaired vision .He was lucky enough to be selected to have a dog as a teenager and this has resulted in him obtaining a place at Reading university to read classics and he said he felt lucky to meet such lovely people through having Yoko ,who was a very handsome black labrador and the proud father of over one hundred puppies!
We were given a short demonstration of how the dogs were taught to guide their owners ,visited the kennels and met the resident cat who fulfils the vital task of getting the dogs used to cats.
A great deal of importance is given to matching the guide dogs to the needs of the potential owners.
A very enjoyable and entertaining visit a return visit could be on the agenda.