Guide Dog Pup, Bailey
Guide Dog Pup Bailey arrived in Tasmania in April 2018. A gorgeous Golden Retriever x Labrador, she came over from New Zealand with her brother, Frankie, to begin her Guide Dog journey, and is currently living with her Puppy Raisers in Hobart. She’s already had plenty of visitors, and is quite used to comments such as “oooooh”, “Isn’t she gorgeous?” and “how cute!”. She’s not complaining at all.
I’m now 9 months old and I’m growing at a steady rate, and doing well with my puppy training!
My Puppy Raisers are very pleased with me and I get lots of praise and cuddles. We’ve been practicing on escalators because I was very wary of them at first, but now I don’t mind getting on for a ride. Sometimes we go into the city and find as many moving stairs as possible, just for fun.
Other times we travel on a Metro bus and do a bit of shopping. I do enjoy a bus ride!
My favourite place is the beach, especially with my best friend Angus. I swim really well but he doesn’t come out far with me. It’s good if I can find another dog like me to swim with. I’m given a hosing off when I get home and I’m not sure I really like that so much! But it makes my coat clean and soft.
My other passion is to find a muddy patch of ground and DIG. I do it very quickly before anyone can stop me and I turn into a black dog! Nobody is very pleased with me and they put on their cross faces and don’t speak to me! Then comes the hosing to clean me. Oh dear… my ears go down and so does my tail. But only for a short time!
I have been boarding a few times and I always enjoy that (and it gives my family a rest too!).
I still go to the radio station (Ultra 106) once a month with a staff member and the listeners hear about my progress. I never say very much of course, because I’m not a noisy pup!
Bye until next time.
Hello everyone. Bailey reporting again!
I’m now eight months old and am growing very fast and maturing extremely well. When my Puppy Raisers collected me after three weeks boarding they didn’t think I was the same dog! Only joking. I like the experience of staying with someone new, but it’s good to go home again.
I spent several weeks with a lovely Boarding family so my Puppy Raisers could have a rest. They told me they had been to Palm Cove in Queensland for some time in the warm weather. I think they had a good time because they’re very relaxed these days. There was a cat living at the house where I stayed and I couldn’t quite work it out. Cats are hard to understand!
I have made good progress in the last few months. I’m very good with my basic obedience and I come back straight away when I’m called or whistled when on a free run. I walk well and I’m learning to be more confident when in crowds and places where I need to use a travellator, lift or unusual door, but escalators still worry me a bit. If you think about being down at my eye level you would know what I mean. I’ve also had a ride in a bus with the other pups during our group training session. It was lots of fun!
Did you know that I’m also a radio star? Once a month I go with a Guide Dogs staff member to the studio of Ultra 106.5 in the city. I don’t get to say anything, but there’s lots of talk about me and other pups in training, and talk about my progress. They also talk about the important work being done by Guide Dogs Tasmania. If you tune in between 8 – 8.30am on the first Tuesday of the month you can listen. There might even be a live Facebook feed and you will see me.
My Puppy Raisers are often asked if we have training sessions. They tell people that every month we all get together to learn new stuff and practice what we learn. It’s great to see the other dogs and there always seem to be new little pups who have arrived in Hobart. And sometimes there are fully trained Guide Dogs there for us to talk to.
My name is Bailey and I am a gorgeous Golden Retriever cross Labrador, so I should have nice little curls in my hair as I grow older.
Did you notice my birth date? Yes, I was born on Australia Day, and I am very happy that I have now become an Australian. When my brother Frankie and I travelled here from New Zealand we came through Customs and Immigration, so I assume I am now Australian.
This is my first Puppy Love story, and I hope you will catch up with me regularly as I write my adventures and achievements. I have a puppy dream of one day becoming a Guide Dog so keep your “paws crossed” as I grow.
I settled into my Puppy Raisers’ home with an older Guide Dog pup, Billie, and she was very kind to me and showed me around the house and shared her toys with me. Sometimes I would not stop playing with Billie, so we were separated to make sure I had a sleep. Billie and I also went to Eastlands shopping centre with our Puppy Raisers; it was good having Billie with me as I was not scared at all. My Puppy Raisers had to carry me into the shopping centre because I was not old enough yet to be fully vaccinated. It is important that until I have all of my vaccinations, I do not walk were other dogs have been. Sometimes, people do not vaccinate their pets and I could catch a nasty disease. Billie and I sat at the shopping centre and watched all the people walking past; there are lots of smells and noises in the shopping centre that I have to get used to. My Puppy Raisers lifted me on to the travelator and it wasn’t scary because Billie just walked on in front of me. I do have to learn to stop still on the travelator though, and let it do the walking.
A lot of people in the shopping centre wanted to pat me, so my Puppy Raisers had to tell them that I was learning to be a Guide Dog and that Billie was helping, and whilst I have this special orange coat on they cannot pat me as it distracts me from what I should be doing. Even at this young age I am learning lots and I need to be able to sit and watch trolleys and people without people talking to me. Most people were really good and accepted this really well and just walked away, often saying something like “how cute” or “isn’t she adorable?” I like hearing these things J
After a week in my new home Billie left me, as she was going for her assessment to become a Guide Dog. I hope she does really well because she certainly helped me in that short time. I have been back to that same shopping centre since, but it didn’t seem as easy on my own. It’s very noisy, but at least lots of the people that walk past smile at me and that makes me feel better.
I mentioned before about my vaccination – another trip was to the vet, where they poked and prodded and checked me all over, very gently of course. I had to stand on scales, which isn’t hard, but I don’t think they have to weigh me to check that I am growing…I am getting bigger every day! I had an injection at the vet which meant that after one week I could go where other dogs have been and walk everywhere. I am sure my Puppy Raisers are very happy about this as us pups get very heavy after being carried for a while.
Over the last month I have been visiting family, friends and spending time with the rest of the family. All the children love me and we have had visitors staying with my Puppy Raisers, just to meet me! I feel so important.
My Puppy Raisers are very pleased with the way I am already learning to go outside to the toilet. I go on the lead and have my favourite spots in the yard. I get lots of praise when I go out and toilet and this makes me very happy.
I also get lots of pats, cuddles and I hear lots of people saying nice things about me. All of these things make me one very happy and content pup.