Happy Birthday Hector and Papa!!!
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Hector and Papa on the night of their birthday celebrations.
Hi everybody, thought it was about time we gave you an up-date on how Hector has been getting along since the last blog.

Hector had his 1st birthday on the 17th of October which he celebrated with Papa, (Aidan's dad) who celebrated his 83rd birthday the same week.
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What has he got his eye on, another dog in the distance, one that might play with him, maybe!!!
Another milestone that was reached recently was "The Breakfast with Hector show". It reached it's 1st birthday, which I am sure was well celebrated by all involved.  
It has been hugely successful show, appealing to listeners who were fed up listening to the hum-drum, down-beat talk of recession, world economy and how the government and banks let us down!
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Hector having a little rest after his mad run and play at St Anne's Park the day of his 1st birthday!
Any way, all that aside, lets talk about the main man himself, Hector.  Hector has matured so much over the last few months, it is quite incredible how he turned from adolescent to a much more settled and calm dog.  He is so easy to take anywhere.  He is excellent in the supermarket, restaurants, coffee shops and great with young children.  However he still has his odd mad moment when he has to get rid of his surplus energy.  He has even stopped chasing our cat (well most of the time) and she is starting trust him a little too.

Hector;  Yes, can you believe it, I am all grown up now, I am one, I am one, I am a big boy now!!!  They are praising me non-stop at the moment so I suppose I must be doing something right!!!
I went to the park for a great big play on my birthday and then I shared my birthday with Papa, I didn't mind sharing it with Papa because I know he really loves me and he is always so nice to me.

He spent a couple of weeks on holidays with Caroline Brady and her family while we had mid term break and caught up on some commitments that could not be postponed.
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Ben Brady with Hector on the day Hector came back from his 3-week holiday with the Brady's, where he was really happy and very well looked after.
Hopefully in the next few weeks we will be catching up with Hector the Godfather shortly for a radio interview.

Ciao......Michele and Hector!

    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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