We had a wonderful afternoon at St Annes Park, which is one of those real treasures that we have here in Dublin.  St Annes Park spreads between, Clontarf, Killester, Dollymount and Raheny.  It has an abundance of fabulous grounds with spectacular trees and foliage.  It has an amazing amount of football pitches, pitch and putt course and tennis courts.  How lucky can we be!!!The sun came out and soaked us with its autumn warmth.  No need for rain coats or umbrellas.  Each and every person was enthusiastic and obviously has Irish Guide Dogs close to their hearts.  Even though we unfortunately didn't have access to the IGD Flashes people were still very generous and made donations.  Thank you to all who came out and did the walk.
Don't forget to get out and walk today and support the IGDB by buying the HIGH-VIS FLASHES!!!                         BE SAFE, BE SEEN!!! The flashes are being sold for adults and children and they are even selling ones to fit around your dogs collar in pharmacy's and veterinary clinics nationwide.
We have the full support of Hector O'hEochagain and Roy Keane.
Roy Keane will be doing the local walk in Cork as a representative for the Irish Guide Dogs!
Go on get out there and walk!!!
All across Ireland, IGDB have organised local walks through their network of volunteers and they're inviting you to bring along your friends, family and dogs to get active and walk for us in your community.

IGDB Family Dog Walk is brought to you in association with Bayer (Drontal Complete Dog Wormer)Uniphar and Rotary International in Ireland. Bayer is sponsoring the campaign; Uniphar will be selling the bands through their network of pharmacies and vets, and Rotary International in Ireland will be supporting by organising walks in communities countrywide. 

There are two ways to support IGDB. You can:

The reflective bands are a great safety accessory, especially during the autumn /winter months when days get shorter and darker.  Ensure your family's safety by wearing them on your wrists or ankles. We also have a size suitable for your dog's neck! The visibility bands are on sale for €5 (pack of 2).

You can also support IGDB by participating in one of the walks and raising money through sponsorship. IGDB Fundraising Team have sponsorship cards available for all walkers who'd like to help IGDB in this way.

If you'd like to plan a walk in your community or if you would like to help IGDB sell their bands through your store, please contact Jennifer Foran-Smyth on Lo-call 1850 506 300 or direct on 021 487 8229 or e-mailjennifer@guidedogs.ie.

Roy Keane and Hector O'hEochagain are both promoting and supporting the IGDB Family Dog Walk!!! 

Hector (4-legged) and myself are going to be at "St Annes Park" tomorrow for 3pm.  See you there!!!!

    About this Blog

    Welcome to Puppy Hector's Blog:
    Follow RTE 2fm's "Breakfast with Hector" adopted pup's progress as he trains to become a guide dog for a person living with sight loss or an assistance dog for families of children with autism.

    RTE 2fm & Hector Ó hEochagáin:
      RTE 2fm's Breakfast Show Crew and host Hector ÓhEochagáin have been supporting pup Hector since adopting him at 8 weeks of age. During the last year, they have been helping us create awareness about our work and just what goes into into training a guide dog. Their support has been invaluable and has helped to raise much needed funds towards Hector's training. 

    About the Blog Authors, Susan Turtle and Michele Munnelly:
    Susan Turtle has been with Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind as a trainer for over
    13 years. Puppy Hector joined her in January this year to commence Early
    Training. She'll be keeping you posted on his progress over the next few months. Prior to January, Hector was with Volunteer Puppy Walker, Michele Munnelly who helped him get started
    on his journey to becoming a guide or assistance dog.  

    About Puppy Hector:
    Hector was born on 17 October 2010 and is German Shepherd x Golden Retriever. He is an intelligent, lively dog destined to become a life changing partner to a person living with sight loss or a family of a child with autism.   

    The role of a Puppy Walker:
    A Volunteer PW fosters a pup
    from 8 weeks of age to 12 months. During this time, the
    pup becomes part of their lives
    at home. A PW cares for and trains the pup to become a well rounded, confident, calm, willing, mannerly and socially acceptable dog.  The main focus
    is on obedience and socialisation, ensuring the pup is comfortable in many different environments like shops, restaurants, buses, trains, busy streets and malls etc.  Also the dog must get on with and not be distracted by people and other animals.  All of this provides the pup with a solid foundation for their future training and role as a guide or assistance dog. All training is done through positive reinforcement, learning should
    be fun, "a happy pup is a willing pup".

    Supported by PW Supervisors:
    Volunteer PWs are supported by our PW Supervisors who provide training and ongoing guidance. This is done through practical Puppy Training Classes, home visits and one‐on‐one training in supermarkets, shops, train
    stations etc.  The PW Supervisors provide valuable guidance and support to help equip our Volunteers for the task at hand and to monitor each pup's progress. All veterinary fees and feeding costs are covered by The Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind along with placing pups in homes when Volunteer PW's go on holidays.

    Come on and become a Puppy Walker for Irish Guide Dogs!
    It is a commitment but one that is rewarding and great fun!
    Go to www.guidedogs.ie to apply!


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