Happy Birthday Xander!
Puppy-in-training Xander turned one today!
His puppy raiser daddy sent him a box full of delicious liver bread, and we had a photo shoot in the garden to mark the day.
A Guide Dog Puppy’s first birthday is both eagerly anticipated and dreaded by us puppy raisers. It’s a big milestone for your puppy, and happily celebrated, but it also means your puppy will soon be leaving you to begin formal instruction as a Guide Dog or a Service Dog.
Tomorrow morning we will take Xander to SA Guide-Dogs to meet with his new trainer, and have a chat about his puppyhood, his likes and quirks and things he’s good at.
Xander’s size – he’s a big boy – his quiet, calm nature, and his love of carrying things around, means he will start his training as a Service Dog, for someone who is physically disabled and possibly wheelchair-bound.
His trainer will keep us informed every month as to how his training is going, and he will spend weekends at home. Just like going to boarding school. 😀