Puppy love

Today I did something I have wanted to do for a long time. I adopted a puppy. A live one a real one, but she will not be living with us. She is a pup that I sponsor at a distance. My pup lives with her puppy trainer and will if she passes her exams become a guide dog. She’s a six month old Labrador and cute as a button and a puppy version of my parents dog.

I would not mind having my own dog, but SO and I work long hours and it just would not be fair on the animal. She’d not get the attention she’d need and deserves. I did tell SO that I wanted a dog when we are retired, to ensure we go for long walks. Anyway I digress.

Labradors are a very popular selection for use...

Labradors are a very popular selection for use as guide dogs. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

I have always felt that guide dogs are a great cause. They are working dogs that allow blind and other handicapped people to have a live as well as being a wonderful companion. It is a cause I have always supported. I knew that in the Netherlands and the UK it was possible to adopt a pup and had thought about it before. An article in the Guardian today about guide dogs at work brought it to me that this is such a fine cause and I surfed to the Dutch site, thinking I’ll do it tonight………. I signed up immediately when I saw my pup. Why? There she was; one adorable fluffy pup, her name just one letter different from my grandmothers, rather unusual, name. Not only was it gran’s name, but it would have been mine, if my gran had not put her foot down saying that it was way too old fashioned. It is weird how such a minor thing can all of a sudden clinch a deal that you have been thinking about for a while.
So I am a puppy mum now, without the mess and without the hassle. Still it feels good to do this. (PS, the pic is not my pup)

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About Gilraen

My blog is simply about my life. I moved countries for the first time in 1993. I lived in the Netherlands, UK and NZ. The initial idea was to keep my overseas friends up-to-date with what was going on in my life. The blog, like me, is always changing and evolving.
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2 Responses to Puppy love

  1. draliman says:

    That is a good cause.
    Here in the UK we have a toilet paper made by Andrex and they do “puppy points” – there’s a code on the wrapper you input to their website to get gifts. Sometimes they do stuffed charity puppies and this time it was a stuffed Andrex guide dog puppy. You collect enough points and make a fixed donation to guide dogs and they send you your little stuffed puppy.
    I got mine a couple of weeks ago, he’s well cute sitting on my bookshelf and it’s helping raise money for guide dogs at the same time!

    • Gilraen says:

      They are the cutest. I saw them on the website. I am not sure, but I think we had something similar here. At least the brand has all kinds of commercials with the cutest labrador puppies and the mischief they get up to. Unfortunately it is not our brand as we prefer plain white vs prints which is what they specialise in.

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