Guide Dog pup, Isaac
Guide Dog pup Isaac arrived in Tasmania in July 2018 from New Zealand with his sister Indi. Isaac is kept occupied living in a house with three little kids and plenty of other animals! He’s learning lots in this busy environment, which will help him prepare for his training as a Guide Dog later in life.
It’s so nice to meet you all!
I’m a puppy from New Zealand, and I arrived with my sister Indi in August. I live with my Puppy Raiser family in Taroona. They have three little kids, who all love me to pieces! They are a busy family and there are so many fun outings with them, like going to band practice and dancing lessons. I love practicing being around heaps of people at school drop off and pickups. It’s fun to teach the kids at school all about Guide Dogs and my job as a trainee. The kids know that I can’t play with them when I have my special coat on (even if I want to!).
School holidays are great too! It was fun having the girls home for two weeks in October and doing lots of interesting activities like bowling, and going to parks and coffee shops. We also went up the East Coast for an adventure and I got to watch the kids swim and play in the pool.
My Puppy Raisers also have two other dogs who keep me company. They are a lot older than me, but we are good friends! There is also a cat, who is less friendly but still fun to chase around, a couple of rabbits and a whole heap of really interesting things called “goldfish” in a pond I am not allowed to drink out of.
My favourite outing is to go and play with other dogs at Kingston Beach. There are so many friendly dogs there and I like it when they chase me because I am very fast!
I am going really well with my training, and have event learnt how to come back to the whistle, which is really helpful for people who have vision impairments. I am great at waiting to eat my food on command, and I can sit and drop-down as well. I can even go up and down the escalators easily! I love going on mentor walks every month with the people and puppies from Guide Dogs Tasmania and I have made lots of friends with all the other puppies.
My first boarding is later in the year. Although I will miss my foster-family I am excited to stay with some other people and learn from them for a while. It’s going to be great fun to see new sights and smell new smells!