Guide Dog Pup, Derek
Guide Dog Pup Derek is a very handsome white Labrador who arrived in Tasmania with his sister, Elly, in September 2017. Derek has been fully sponsored by a very special lady, Mrs Bridget Stott, who made a generous donation of $35,000 to cover the full cost of his Guide Dog training. Mrs Stott has been a long-time supporter of Guide Dogs, and chose to name her sponsored puppy after her late husband. What a wonderful legacy, and what a wonderful gift!
Derek is living in Hobart with his Puppy Raisers and is enjoying life, as any pup should!
Hello everyone, Derek here!
I’m 15 months old now so I’m really responsible….most of the time. I’ve had a few really good months since I last wrote to you all. My Puppy Raisers decided to go off for a long trip and I was lucky enough to have a holiday myself. All of my Boarders were lovely so I tried to behave for them. I can’t believe how many nice humans are out there.
I’ve had some great fun on Guide Dog outings recently – Kingston Beach is always a favourite of mine, showing the little ones how to charge around madly and meeting the weird and wonderful other breeds. The Rivulet walk was very interesting too and I’d like to do that again for sure.
At home we’ve been catching the bus for a few kilometres then walking back – the driver knows me now and we nod to each other when I get on. I’ve caught up with my sister and best friend Elly at my place and hers and that is always a blast. I also caught up with my sponsor Mrs Stott so I was very polite and friendly.
On Tuesday lots of humans dropped by and they all watched some horses on TV and chatted and laughed then there was a loud pop. Some things amuse humans and I’ll never know why. But I still love watching ‘Vet on the Hill ’best.
I’m busy getting ready for my lunchtime nap so I’ll say a snoozy goodbye ‘till next time.
Hello, Derek here!
I’ve been doing lots since my last doggy-bloggy entry. Not least of which is sprouting pretty tall. I think I take after Guide Dog pup Murphy! That’s probably because I’m “one” now…whatever that means. I didn’t question it because I was so busy meeting up with my sister Elly and having a good time. I hope I turn one again real soon!
I’ve done so much I don’t know where to start. I really enjoyed the group bus trip in Hobart; not so much getting on and off, but the ride was great. Us older pups were supposed to show the little ones how to behave, but maybe it was the other way around. It was fun eyeing off the other pups under the seats and touching paws.
Did I mention we flew up to the Gold Coast and back on an aeroplane? The metal stairs weren’t my favourite but everything else was a blast. I slept most of the way and only had a few wakes when people in uniform stood next to me and cooed. Everyone on the plane was great and so were the hire car people who said “don’t worry about the hair” I left in the car. I had the best week with my Puppy Raisers’ grandpups, playing on the beach, walking, and going to one of the grandpup’s birthday parties. I’d certainly do it again.
I use a walking harness now and it’s worked a treat. I feel smart in it so I behave much better on my walks. I still love meeting up with the other Guide Dog pups, although I do still get excited. After all, I am only one.
Bye for now!
Derek here again. How time flies…especially when there’s been so much to do!
Where to start? I seem to have had so much fun it’s all a blur.
One day I remember well was at the Wobbly Boot Vineyard in Campania. It was a dog friendly day with lots of people I love there, but best of all was a yard where all the dogs could run free. I made best friends with Louie, a black lab. We taught each other a thing or two and said we’d catch up again some time. I wore myself out running, chasing and hanging out, so needed a doze on the way home. We stopped for a coffee and I met Clyde, a very laid back hairy Jack Russell. What a character – we got on so well. The next day I felt a bit worn out so I had a lazy morning at Trial Bay, reflecting on the good times.
I also remember waking up very early one day, getting dressed up in my coat and heading off to Woodbridge, where lots of people were standing in the dark looking at a concrete post. As the sun came up a bugle sounded…it was beautiful. I remember looking at my Puppy Raisers and they were very sombre and quiet. I was very respectful and lay down until we all went into a hall for breakfast. Some people stood up the front and talked and when everyone clapped I stood up and wagged my tail. What a great day; I hope I can do that again next year.
I’m getting very excited now because in two weeks (that’s not long, is it?) I’ll be flying on a plane up to see the human grandpups. I even have my own seat and scored an upgrade for us all. I hope I can recognise the grandpups, because if they’re like me they would have grown so much since we last hung out. I think I’ll take a bag of presents for them – my toys maybe. This weekend my Puppy Raisers’ human pup Uncle Joe is coming to visit from London. He sponsors a Guide Dog over there and I’m sure we’ll have a great time.
Overall I’ve been going pretty well, and trying to do the right thing. I have a few slip ups and I get excited sometimes because I love life and see fun in everything. I go to some great dog parks and enjoy every minute, especially catching up with the other friends I’ve made there. The tunnel, tyres, table and other obstacles are so easy now, but I still enjoy showing off to whoever wants to watch.
Well I have writers block so I’ll sign off till next time.
Hi everyone, Derek here! Well what a few months I’ve had. Phew!
It might surprise you to know that human “pups” are much like Labrador pups, always hungry, full of life and messy. I’ve had five weeks of disruption and distraction by two grand pups and I loved every minute. Now I look in their bedroom each morning hoping the fun will start again but alas, no joy. My Puppy Raisers told me we’ll be flying up to see them again in May, so that should be in three or four dinners maybe? Only if my manners improve, as I’ve learnt a few bad habits – so I’m told.
I’ve had a great time since the last Puppy Love with lots of beach swims and walks. Kingston Dog Beach is my favourite place. I stayed over with lovely Guide Dog Boarders in Taroona just before Christmas and hope to see them again in the future. I also sailed on the Lady Nelson and was treated like a VIP by everyone on board. That sea air can make me very sleepy though. I’ve been very busy modelling my new jacket up and down the Channel…orange is certainly my colour, don’t you think? I love going to Dru Point off leash area and with a little help from the grand (human) pups have mastered all of the obstacle course – nothing is too hard now but everything is fun.
Yesterday was a magic day – I met up with heaps of the other Guide Dog pups in Salamanca, including my sister Elly and my role model Murphy, then off to a lovely spot with grapevines and music where I had a snooze on a polished concrete floor. I was exhausted but very content.
Well that’s all for now. I’m off for a walk and coffee where I promise to stop trying to hoover everything in sight… I really want to fly up to see my grand (human) pup mates so I’m going to knuckle down and focus. All the best to everyone and see you soon.
Hi everyone, Derek here!
How many 14-week-olds have to write a Puppy Love article? A big ask, but here goes…
After flying away from my first family in South Australia, I stayed overnight with a lovely Puppy Boarder in Kingston. I had a big sleep then went over to meet my Puppy Raisers….I was a bit nervous but knew Kim the Guide Dog Coordinator would find a nice new home to look after me. All of a sudden Kim left and I was alone; a bit scary but after lots of big hugs and cuddles from my new Puppy Raisers I knew I was home.
They had set everything up for me, including my apartment (puppy crate), blankets and toys. They gave me a tour of the house and garden. I then had a big sleep, with a few short wakes in the night just to check I wasn’t on my own, then it was daylight and lots of things happened. I think I met the whole village that day and I really enjoyed myself. Everyone was so nice!
That first week was a bit strange away from my first family, but I then started to really settle in and get comfortable. My Puppy Raisers have a few rules which I handle pretty well…although sometimes I forget. I go outside for my toilet, sit, drop and walk nicely on my lead, mostly. I’m good at coming to the whistle now and always sit politely for my food and wait for the two whistles. I had my first raw chicken wings a few days ago. I can’t wait for the next time!
I’ve been doing a lot of interesting things. I’ve been on the ferry and love socialising at the local cafes. Travellators are fun but you have to be careful. I really love the car and always manage to have a nap when my Puppy Raisers are driving for more than 10 minutes. The bus is fun too. And I’ve been to the beach…the sand is so much fun but the water going in and out is a bit strange. I think I’ll jump in next time though! Oh, I’m a pretty good gardener as well. I’ve met up with my sister Elly a few times for a sniff and play, too.
One game I love is when my Puppy Raisers sit down with a glass of red water each and turn on the flat box. They point and say “Look at the puppies, look Derek look, ah puppies”. I look at the end of their fingers and wag my tail. They laugh. Then I settle and watch ‘For the Love of Dogs’.
When I put my coat on I feel different. My Puppy Raisers say I’m “a little man with a big purpose”, the way I strut and look important. I’m sure my sponsor Mrs Stott was very proud of me when I met her a few weeks ago. She was lovely so I was especially charming that day.
Well I’ve learnt a lot in the last month and have enjoyed myself. I’m going to keep learning and make everyone proud, but the most important thing is that I’m loved and feel very secure.
There’s so much to see and do so I’m off. Till next time, bye!