Guide Dog Pup, Grady
Guide Dog Pup Grady is a black Labrador who sprung into Spring with his brother, Gilbert, in September 2017. What an exciting journey for this puppy who came all the way from Queensland to start his Guide Dog journey!
Grady is living in Hobart with his Puppy Raisers and is already experiencing all the wonderful things that come with being a special little pup. He’s also having lots of fun with people and other dogs when he’s not out and about in his access coat!
Grady was purchased and brought to Tasmania through a generous donation from the Wilson Homes.
The time sure is going by super-fast and I am very happy to tell you all that I have celebrated my first birthday. I got a pig’s ear for my present, which probably doesn’t sound very exciting to you, but I thought it was wonderful!
I enjoy getting out and about and learning to adapt to all sorts of different situations and I am very calm and relaxed while doing it, but when I meet up with my brother Gilbert it’s a very different story. We just love getting together and having a vigorous play. Our Puppy Raiser’s let us have a good play and then they put our coats on and we all head off to the nearest cafe where we get to have a rest while they have a coffee.
Have I told you all that I have my very own toothbrush and toothpaste? My Puppy Eaiser brushes my teeth regularly, so that I will continue, hopefully, to have lovely teeth when I get older. My toothpaste, according to my Puppy Raisers, isn’t minty fresh though – it’s chicken or beef flavoured! I think I make the process harder because I just love to try and lick the meat flavour off the toothbrush.
Over Winter I found a very good way of coping with the cold. I would snuggle up with my doggie friend Nina, and even though I have my own bed, I just love to cuddle up with Nina in hers. Actually, it doesn’t even need to be cold, or in her bed, I just love to snuggle with Nina, or my puppy raisers, anywhere, anytime!
Bye, until next time!
It’s been a very busy three months for me since I last spoke to you all, with lots happening.
In early April I went to a fundraiser at the Shamrock Hotel for Guide Dogs Tasmania, called “Dining in the Dark”. I was a very good boy and slept under the table, which was at times difficult because there was a lot of noise and laughter coming from the humans because, apparently, they had to try and eat their meal while blindfolded. I think it must have been very difficult for them. I didn’t try it, but I reckon I would be able to find my bowl of food without too much difficulty.
Shortly after that I went and stayed with some very nice Puppy Boarders for two weeks while my Puppy Raisers went to watch their daughter compete in the athletics at the Commonwealth Games on the Gold Coast. When they got back my Puppy Raisers were invited to a State Reception which the Premier held for the Tasmanian Commonwealth Games athletes, and I was lucky enough to go too. I was extremely well behaved; I sat quietly while all the speeches and interviews were on and then, as you can see, I had my photo taken with Hamish Peacock, who won a silver medal in the Javelin. I’m pretty sure he loved me.. well, who wouldn’t?
Until next time, bye!
I’m growing up very fast and am now in my “big boy” bed. It is nice and big with a comfy mattress and blankets, but sometimes I just love to crawl into bed with Nina the dog which, seeing as I am now nearly as big as her, is a bit of a squeeze. I don’t think she minds too much, as long as I don’t wriggle a lot.
I have been getting out and about learning new skills. I often meet up with Guide Dog pup Murphy and his Puppy Raiser and we go for a walk or a bus ride and then we go for coffee. Well, our Puppy Raisers have coffee. Murphy and I lie quietly under the table. Everyone says what good dogs we are, which is really easy for us to do seeing as though we are tired from our walk, and used to being in environments like shopping centres and coffee shops or restaurants.
My Puppy Raisers are going away on holiday soon. They have told me that I will be going to a Boarder’s house to stay. They told me that I won’t be on holiday, I will still be working, but as they say “a change is as good as a holiday”, so I WILL sort of be on holiday! It is always an adventure to go somewhere new. Often Boarders have new and exciting toys for us pups to try out. I will try my best to be a good boy.
I recently had some surgery on my dew claws on my front legs, and ended up having some purple bandages on them. My Puppy Raisers told me I looked like I had leg warmers from the 1980s disco era on. ‘m not really sure what that is, but they said I looked cute, and I like looking cute.
Bye for now!
I have settled in really well with my new family. I especially love my new “big sister” Nina. I love to snuggle with her, although I am not sure she always loves my puppy style of play, which can include a lot of jumping all over her and using her as a teething ring!
I have been a couple of times to a place called “the vets”, getting my immunisations. The first time I had a nice surprise because my brother Gilbert was in the waiting room when I got there (he had just had his needle). I cried a little the first time, but I didn’t even flinch the second time. The vet checked me all over and said I was in great shape.
A few weeks ago I went to a wedding at the Botanical Gardens Conservatory. It was a hot day so I waited outside in the shade of the trees until the ceremony started. I was a very good boy and watched everything going on, which meant that later at the reception, to my Puppy Raisers’ relief, I was very tired and slept through most of it. My Puppy Raisers got lots of comments about how good I had been, and of course, how cute I am.
Bye, until next time!
I am Grady and I have already begun the amazing adventure of socialising to become a Guide Dog Pup. And boy, am I enjoying every single moment of it! It’s not all hard work either; there is so much fun involved as I learn and grow.
During my first week in Hobart I met up with my brother, Gilbert, back at the Guide Dog centre. As we were not yet fully vaccinated, our Puppy Raisers had to be careful where they took us for walks and socialisation. Guide Dogs Tas set up a ‘play room’ for us young pups, and it’s great!!! As we play with each other and run around the room, who would have thought we are also learning so much about the world? Let me tell you about it.
Tunnels: As I run and explore through the tunnels I am learning about being confident in small spaces, such as sitting in car foot wells and tucking under tables at cafes.
Ball pit: Boy, I do love jumping in and out of the ball pit! So much colour and movement, teaching me all about sudden movement and noise when I am walking around streets and shops.
Skateboards: The staff seemed to have fun on these but at times I jumped on and off them too, learning about the noise they make as they go screaming about me in later life on the footpaths.
Tactile boards: I must admit some of these were a little scary for me at first, but when chasing my brother around with all the other toys to distract me, I soon become comfortable walking across these.
These help me learn about all the different ground surfaces I will come across on the streets – grates, steel, gravel, concrete, polished floors, carpet and tactile indicators. And all the time, we were playing in the room and having fun! It really was set up just like a kids’ play centre. There were funny noises playing in the background from sirens, to kids screaming, to engines – all to help us gain confidence in a safe environment before hitting the streets in a few weeks time when fully vaccinated. That is going to be an exciting time indeed.
In the mean time, my Puppy Raiser continues to take me to safe areas like inside the shopping centres during quiet periods of the day, where as a special dog with my lovely access coat on I am allowed to explore indoors. I am so lucky to have the same access rights as a working Guide Dog so that I can learn all about the places I will later take a vision impaired client.
I can’t wait to share my learnings and adventures with you all as I grow through the program.