Jenny, Ciara and Sarah (Mount Temple Transition Year Students) with some of the guide dog pups!!
Click on the photo gallery tab above to see pictures of our Hector's Hey Day Coffee Morning!! It was a great success. We had great community support and a visiting 5th class from the Girls Belgrove National School who had been selling Shades pins in school.  The children all bought beautiful lilac flowers from the plant stall run by Bernie and Mary.  

The atmosphere was wonderful, with a great mix of people chatting and of course all the guide dog puppies in training who were brought along by their Volunteer Puppy Walkers got lots of attention. There were plenty buying Guide Dog merchandise and fabulous plants and many people just sitting down, relaxing and enjoying the coffee and fresh buns. 
Some of the children and teachers that came from Belgrove National School to support our coffee morning.
We also had a tremendous amount of help from the staff of St Gabriel's Parish Community Centre; many great friends, Olwen, Carol, Carolyn, Debbie, Lucy, Frances, Caroline, Bernie and Mary to mention just a few.  Also, 3 Mount Temple Transition Year students came along and helped to sell the raffle tickets.  We got a very generous donation from RTE 2's Breakfast with Hector's Show of a night for 2 in any D4 Hotel in the country.  Maire Brennan from Mount Prospect Avenue in Clontarf won the 1st prize. There were numerous beautiful hampers of goodies very kindly made up and donated by Margurite O'Brien for the raffle. Even the coffee being served was was donated by Starbucks and made up by the queen of coffee making, Miranda Pheifer. 
Some of the supporters enjoying a chat and some yummy fresh scones!
Olwen, Carolyn (Hector's Tuesday minder) and Lucy having a well deserved cup of coffee after all thier hard work serving, making tea and tidying up.
Anna Giblin (centre) with her daughter, left and Suzi Walsh at their stand where they sold little knitted dogs all in aid of IGDB.
It was a little sad when we officially said goodbye to our Northside Puppy Walking Supervisor Suzi Walsh who has worked with the Guide Dogs for well over 2 years.  I know we are all going to miss her but we will be keeping in contact.  
Best of luck Suzi in what the future has to offer you, you have the potential to go far!!

After a successful morning, which started with baking and included an interview on 2fm on "Breakfast with Hector", we're all overjoyed to have raised €2,500 for IGDB.  If you'd like to listen to the interview where I give godfather Hector an update on his 'adopted' pup Hector, simply click here, and scroll down to the Podcast of the show on 6 May: Part 2 (08h00 - 09h00), and forward to 22:07 on the timer to get to our interview on the show! 

Thanks to godfather Hector for supporting our cause and reminding people to donate and support puppy Hector as well as download our screensaver at www.guidedogs.ie.

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    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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