Guide Dog Pup, Elly
Guide Dog Pup Elly is a black Labrador that came to Hobart with her brother, Derek, in September 2017.
Elly has been sponsored by the Midway Point Seniors Group. Contributing to the training of a Guide Dog Pup is certainly a worthwhile cause, and we’re very grateful to these special individuals who will now take a keen interest in Elly’s progression.
Elly is being Puppy Raised in Hobart and is lucky enough to share the home with our very own Ambassador Dog Dexter. Dexter serves as a big brother to Elly, which has resulted in a confident, happy pup!
Elly’s Doggy Bloggy:
I had a lovely surprise when I went to the beach the other day with Ambassador Dog Dexter… my brother Derek turned up! Derek joined in with me, my friend Jasper, and training dogs Kobie and Harvey! Life is a lot of fun, that’s for sure.
I also have human friends too, like my cousin Emily. She comes to our place each week and cleans my teeth. I just lay on my back and smile so she can reach them all, and boy do I have a nice smile. I know it doesn’t sound like much fun, but the toothpaste is beef flavoured! I know… so much better than having minty fresh breath like humans.
Guide Dog pup Derek and I had a play on Monday and then we went to a group training session (I think it is my Puppy Raiser getting trained though).
I’m told that I am a very good pup at Guide Dog training, and the library is one of my favourite places to visit. I sit by the big window and watch all the people while my Puppy Raiser fiddles about with books.
I am enjoying all the different aspects of being a Guide Dog pup, and must say that sharing a house with the one and only Dexter is certainly a highlight of this amazing journey!
Hello everyone, Elly here!
I am now very grown up, and my brother Derek and I have had our first birthday. We celebrated with a trip to the dog park for a play on a very windy day. Despite the wind, we still had HEAPS of fun running around together and celebrating.
One day we went down to Channel Court to meet Kim (our BIG BOSS) to take Harry on the travelator and around the shops. I was showing him how to walk on the lead without pulling.
On the first Sunday of every month Dexter and I go to Salamanca Place with our Puppy Raisers, to meet with all the other Guide Dog pups and their Puppy Raisers. It’s a great opportunity for us pups to learn how to behave out in public, and to avoid all the distractions (including each other!) My Puppy Raisers say it’s also a great opportunity for them to catch up with others that are raising Guide Dog pups like me. I wonder what they talk about…? All good stuff, I’m sure.
On our last Sunday outing we met a very nice gentleman who asked my Puppy Raiser if he could take my photo because I’m beautiful! But the best part of the day was going to the park with my friends afterwards.
As well as the fun stuff, I’ve been very busy learning new “Guide Dog rules” and I think I’m doing OK! I’ve even been teaching some of the younger pups in training how to be confident
when out walking in busy areas. This makes me feel a bit like a teacher, and in turn makes me feel much more confident about my own progress!
Last week was a lot of fun as a new puppy called Harry came to play for a few days. He is not allowed to play in the garden until he is house trained, so we were allowed to play in the house all day.
Bye for now!
I have just had the most amazing Autumn! We’ve been to the beach lots where I get to play with all the other dogs. After the beach we go to the place called the “dog wash”. According to my Puppy Raisers, this place is really important, as it helps to get all the sand out of my coat. The big boys go in first and then I follow. The best part is when we all get out and shake water everywhere.
One night I went with my Puppy Raisers to a “Dining in the Dark” dinner. That was lots of fun because I was sitting under the table with my friend Archie. The people were all wearing masks for some reason to eat their dinner and they were dropping a lot of chips. Archie and I had to be very well behaved and leave them alone, teaching us not to scavenge. Boy, was that hard! But the praise I got for ignoring the chips was very worth it, I guess.
I get to help in the garden too, and I’m very good at digging things up. Apparently I’m supposed to dig weeds, not flowers! But they all look the same to me.
I went on a long trip in the car to Launceston recently, to go to a party with my Puppy Raisers. The big dog at the house was very excited to see me, although he was a little bit too rough at playing at times so I went inside and sat with my Puppy Raisers.
We stayed in a motel and the people there said I was a wonderful guest. I was trying very hard to be good, so I’m so glad they noticed!
I would love Autumn (and Summer) to stay forever, but think I will enjoy the cooler months also, as long as I have a warm bed close by.
P.S. I’m doing well with the Guide Dog stuff too!
Sometimes I like to have fun. Often people forget that we are only young pups and we still love to play and get into a bit of mischief every now and then. Like when I helped my Puppy Raiser with wrapping. It’s not my fault, I do not understand the difference between wrapping and shredding. It all looked very good to me and I was so happy doing it. Of course, if you ask me the difference between sitting and standing I understand, because that is Guide Dog training and I think I am doing things right but I still don’t get what they mean by “drop”! My Puppy Raiser remains hopeful.
I often go to the beach and I love to run around there and have loads of fun with other dogs, I am sure that if you see me on the beach you won’t even know it’s me! I never wear my new bright orange coat to the beach or dog park, because when I go there I go to have fun, so my coat comes off and I just look like every other dog. You might pick me on a beach or at the dog park because I often have Ambassador Dog Dexter with me, and it seems everyone knows Dexter. I think it is the poses he strikes or that grin on his face.
Dexter is very caring though, when I had my important operation, I would lie on my back with my tummy exposed so that Dexter could check that the stitches were all good and that there were no problems. Luckily after a week, I went back to the Vet and he confirmed what Dexter thought, that everything was fine and I could have my stitches out and start to play again.
The other day I went with my Puppy Raiser to buy fish for her cleaned out fish pond in the garden. The tanks in the pet shop are so much better than watching television at home!
On the first Sunday of every month my Puppy Raiser takes me to Salamanca Square (she has been doing this for a very, very long time). At Salamanca we go for a walk around and have a look at all the boats, even the fishing boats, then we come back and after us pups have a drink of water, all the Puppy Raisers of the other Guide Dog pups sit around having coffee. Whilst they are having coffee, I sometimes like to get a sneaky play in under the table with one of the other pups. Last week I grabbed Murphy by the ear and he started moving around and his Puppy Raiser told him to be good in a really gruff voice. I thought this was really funny, ’til my Puppy Raiser spoke to me. My Puppy Raiser has had lots and lots (and I mean LOTS) of other Guide Dog puppies before me and sometimes it’s like she knows what mischief I am about to get into before I even know what I am going to do myself.
Well I think I will go and see if I can find some mischief to get into that my Puppy Raiser has not seen before. Maybe I can get away with chewing something and Dexter will get the blame!
I arrived in Tasmania with my brother Derek on 14 September. When I got to my new home I found out I was going to live with Dexter, the big Ambassador Dog. Wow, am I a lucky puppy! I have lots of fun with him and he shows me how to do Guide Dog things.
I settled to sleep in my new crate very well, but they expected me to sleep all night… I mean, REALLY?! I’m getting better at sleeping and my wake up time is now about 6am… mostly.
After the first couple of days settling in and playing with Dexter, my Puppy Raiser took me to a huge place called Big W, where there were big slippery white floors to walk on. Then I found another black puppy, but even though I walked all around the place, I couldn’t find it. I barked, but no answer. My Puppy Raiser took my photo then told me it was a mirror. That was so exciting that I just had to wee! Luckily, my Puppy Raiser had towels and wipes on hand, so that was fixed quickly.
I get a lot of smiles from people who all say I’m gorgeous, so I suppose I must be. I’m a bit of a mud lark though. I do love water – any water!
We had a walk with Kim recently, the lady who is in charge of all the Guide Dogs. She came on the travellator with my Puppy Raiser and me. That is one scary thing! But a few days later I went with Archie who is in training, and he showed me how to get on and off. Now it is easy! I just sit down and wait until the end.
One day Dexter and I went to the Guide Dog office to see Kristy and some lovely people who are Puppy Love Sponsors. That was so exciting, and I had a big sleep on the way home.
It’s great to have Dexter around to show me things. My Puppy Raiser says he’s very patient and shares all his toys. A lot of big dogs come to our house to play too – that’s great fun! I even had a sleep-over at Archie’s one night.
As you can see there is a lot to learn but it is great fun doing it.