Guide Dog Pup, Kobie
Guide Dog Pup Kobie is a golden Labrador x Retriever who arrived in Hobart in July 2016….on the coldest day of the year. He arrived with his sister, Kirsty.
Kobie lives with his Puppy Raisers in Launceston.
The K pups’ photo shoot was held in the magnificent Government House – what a treat!
Hi there, an update for you all!
Unfortunately, I’ve been told that due to not being 100% committed to the Guide Dog training program, I have been reclassified. What can I say, not all dogs are going to suit this very specific role, but I’m told that there is something very special lined up for me. Because I am a very gentle boy with a kind nature, I will have a different career ahead of me.
I really can’t wait to see how I can change someone’s life, and I’ll be sure to keep you ‘pup’dated!
In my last doggy-bloggy I told you how I had just left my Puppy Raisers and started my formal training. Well, it’s all going well, you’ll be pleased to know!
I feel as though I am increasing in confidence when guiding in a variety of training environments. And to be honest, it probably doesn’t hurt that I’m continually told how handsome I am!
I did recently have a health scare though, concerning a skin allergy. Everyone has their fingers crossed that this is now on the mend, and not something that will stick around! It’s very important that us Guide Dogs are nice and healthy for our future handlers, as it would be very difficult for someone who is blind or vision impaired to pick up on a skin condition.
Well, i’ll let you know how I’m going in my next doggy-bloggy entry!
I have left my Puppy Raisers and am now in formal training! It was sad to leave, but I’m very excited at what lies ahead.
My Guide Dog Instructor says I am a lovely natured, large, cuddly boy. I’ve settled in well with my “bed and breakfast” Boarder, and love the attention of the children and the pet rabbit! It’s great to still have children in the household, as I lived with eight-year-old twins in my previous one!
I’ll be sure to update you as I progress with my formal Guide Dog training.
I hope you are all fit and well. I have been very busy and can’t believe it’s nearly summer!
Over the last couple of months I have been doing better on my walks in coat and now I am confident and comfortable in most situations. I especially like going to school and on outings with my whole family. We have been out to dinner a few times and my Puppy Raiser says I have been excellent. I usually just sleep under the table and keep out of the way. I also went to the twins’ school sports and behaved really well, although it was a long day. I even got to run in the family fun race with my Puppy Raiser, but alas, we came last!!
I have started learning how to do stairs properly and practise every opportunity I get. My ‘sit’ and ‘down’ are much better now and I’m working hard on my ‘stay’. I find this a little hard as I just want to be with my Puppy Raiser ALL THE TIME and I don’t like it when she moves away from me! I still have to work on my dog distraction when in coat but think I am slowly improving as well.
I have boarded with other Puppy Raisers a couple of times and enjoyed myself. My boarders have all fallen in love with me and I quite like their cats. I spent a week at Harvey’s house while Harvey went to my house. Luckily for Harvey, he didn’t wreck all my toys or I would have had words with him! Actually, I would never get cross at him because he is my buddy.
Over the school holidays I went to the beach a couple of times and I LOVE the beach. I ran and ran and had a wonderful time. I also went on a big walk with the other northern pups along the Cressy Stock Route and that was great. We all had a wonderful time and I got to play with my sister Kirsty. Afterwards, we all went to a café and behaved like grown up dogs – our Puppy Raisers were very pleased.
Other favourite things include the group walks that we do a couple of times a month. We have been riding on the bus, to the museum, several cafes and to the Gorge. It’s always great to see my buddies, and after the initial excitement we all calm down quickly and behave well. My other favourite thing is playing tug-of-war with my rope – I just love it and play with my Puppy Raiser and also with my stepsister, Alice the Doberman.
Anyway, time to sign off for now and get back to work.
Be good everyone!
It’s Kobie, reporting for duty! I have been fairly bust over the last three months, and am now pretty much fully grown. I have become a big strong boy but my Puppy Raiser says I’m very relaxed and gentle. I love going out for walks and I am improving all the time, although my dog distraction is still a bit of an issue – I just want to say hello to other dogs and be my very friendly self. This is not what working Guide Dogs do though, so I must try not to do this and hold off until I am out of coat.
I have been boarding twice in the last few months and had a lovely time. My Boarder family love me and I feel right at home. I don’t mind their cat too much, which is a big thing for me as I really don’t like cats – to me they are such crazy, scary things!
My recent biggest highlight is going to a dog event called ‘Woofs, Wags and Walkies’ at Woolmer’s Estate. There were heaps of dogs there and because I behaved pretty well in coat my Puppy Raiser took it off so that I could have a little play with another pup – it was great fun. I entered the doggie painting contest and came fourth! I was very proud of myself and my Puppy Raiser has framed my spectacular artwork, which she called ‘Kobie’s Catastrophe’.
I really enjoy our regular get-togethers with the other Guide Dog puppies and Puppy Raisers here in the north, although waiting in cafes is a bit boring. I like the group walks more and going to new places and especially catching up with my mates Harvey, Kirsty, Jerry and Jacob, and whoever else is in town.
That’s about it for now so I hope you are all doing well. Until next time, woof, woof!
Love Kobie xxx
Wow! This year is going so fast and I have been very busy and have grown very big. I even turned the big 1 in May! I have been boarding twice in the last few months and have had a great time. My boarders were very nice to me, although I did miss my Puppy Raisers just a bit.
Over Easter my Puppy Raisers took me on the Spirit of Tasmania to Melbourne for a week. The boat trip was fine, although a bit boring. I was very good when we went to dinner as it was crowded and noisy but my Puppy Raiser said I was great. I just lay near the table out of the way and waited very patiently. There wasn’t much room in our cabin, especially with four people and me, but I slept pretty well (although my snoring kept them awake, sorry!).
Melbourne was fun as I got to go to a big park twice a day and play with other dogs. We practiced my recall there and I improved a lot during the week. I also got to go walking at night and I didn’t mind all the lights and noise at all. My Puppy Raiser said she was very proud of me.
My walking in coat has improved a lot as well, and I am no longer “Mr Plod”. I now walk at a better pace, although I still get distracted by other dogs. However, my Puppy Raiser says I’m slowly improving with that but need to concentrate a bit harder and ignore them. I find it so hard as I just want to play with them – I am a very friendly boy after all!
I still get to go to school with the twins several times a week and like it when the kids read. I went to the school ANZAC service and was on my absolute best behaviour. Everyone commented on what a good dog I was. I still go to the twins’ swimming and music lessons and Tae Kwon Do class – all of which I enjoy, and I am always on my best behaviour. Everyone knows me at these activities now so they just ignore me like they should, although I love it just a little when they say how handsome I am!
Until next time – lots of love, Kobie.
G’day everyone, it’s great to catch up once again. I’ve been fairly busy since the last update and have grown a lot!!
I still love going to school with the twins and all the kids there know how to behave around me. I went to their end-of-year play and it was really good although I missed a bit as I couldn’t stay awake! I’ve travelled on a bus quite a lot now and don’t mind it at all. After we get off the bus we go for a walk through town and I’m getting better at not sniffing everyone that walks past. We usually finish with a walk through City Park which I enjoy as I get to watch the monkeys play.
My latest achievement is conquering the ‘travelator’ in Woolies and I can now get on and off fairly confidently. My supermarket shopping walks have greatly improved as well and while I find it all a bit boring, my Raiser says I’m nice and calm in the shops.
For my very first Christmas I got to meet Santa in Myers and he was pretty cool. I asked for a big bone for a present and guess what, he gave me one! What a great guy – hope Christmas happens again soon! My family bought me a little green pool for Christmas and I really like it, especially on hot days. My Raiser thinks it is funny when I lie in the pool and then get up and walk inside all wet. However, granny isn’t so happy and doesn’t see the funny side at all.
Over the holidays we visited the museum and saw dinosaurs that moved and growled. They didn’t frighten me one bit and I just gave them my steely–eyed stare.
The most fun I had over the holidays was a few days at the beach – it was GREAT! I absolutely loved running on the sand and I went swimming in the ocean for the very first time. Never fear, I was a natural! We also went fishing and I was very patient but couldn’t see the enjoyment in catching those smelly, wriggly things.
My other favourite activity is going to the park and playing with the other Guide Dogs – they are such great fun. I practice my recall there and I’m doing okay. This makes my Raiser very happy and I love it when she gives me a treat and lots of pats.
I’m getting better on walks-in-coat now but just can’t resist saying hello to other dogs. I desperately want to play with them and my Raiser says we still have a lot of work to do to improve this behaviour. I know I’ll get better at ignoring them – I just have to concentrate a bit harder.
That’s about all for now so until next time….
My name is Kobie and I’m so cool,
I’m training hard because Guide Dogs rule!!
Let me get straight to the point:
I LOVE the beach. And sports. And mud. And pretty much everything else. And…I’ve been told more than once I’m a bit handsome. Tough gig, this Guide Dog Pup business!