Guide Dog Pup, Paris
Paris is a black Labrador who is currently undergoing assessment before beginning her formal Guide Dog training in Launceston. Her sister Phoebe is completing her training in Launceston too, so the two catch up regularly!
Prior to this Paris lived with her volunteer Puppy Raisers in Kingston, along with our Ambassador Dog Dexter. When she wasn’t learning, she was snuggling or playing with Dex! Can you blame her?!
Hi everyone! Well, I have some VERY exciting news for you all. I have started my new career!
While I was not suitable as a Guide Dog, due to a dog-related incident that has left me a little reactive to other dogs, I have, however, been placed in a role that means I can still put my wonderful personality to good use! *Drum roll*… I have become Guide Dogs Tasmania’s second Ambassador Dog! How lucky am I? Based in Launceston, I will be heading to the Guide Dogs Invermay office each day to see what exciting things are lined up for me. A school visit? Community talk? ‘Pup’up shop? As an Ambassador Dog for Guide Dogs Tas, I have a very im-PAW-tant tole to play in educating the public, thanking our supporters, and generally being a living and breathing mascot for Guide Dogs Tas. Wow!
I would like to thank everyone who has followed and supported me on this amazing journey. You should all be proud that I have ended up in a role that is PAW-fect for me, and where I can still make a huge difference to people’s lives.
Hello everyone! It’s been a while since I spoke to you, so I thought I should let you know how I’m going with my formal training.
Well, guess what? I’ve reached the end of my training and I’m not being tested in more complex areas before my final assessment. This is very exciting for me, as I can’t wait to be placed with someone where I can really show them what a fantastic Guide Dog I am.
Wish me luck everyone, this will probably be my last doggy-bloggy as a Guide Dog in Training.
P.S. Want to see a video of me in “training” mode? Here I am learning how to target the first step: Paris targeting the first step
I had a great Christmas with my Boarders here in Launceston, and have been back at work since early January.
I am continuing to progress well in my Guide Dog training and am now about half way through formal training walks. I have been enjoying going to lots of new places recently, including various shopping centres, City Park, cafes, shops, newsagencies – you name it!
I’ll update you again in a few months time. I’m sure I’ll have learnt even MORE by then (if that’s possible!)
Since my last doggy-bloggy I have moved up to Launceston to hopefully begin my formal training! This has been a big change for me but I’ve now settled nicely into the Launceston office, and my confidence is increasing.
Soon, I will finish my formal assessment and will progress into intensive training with the harness. I am looking forward to this bit as I think I will finally feel like a big grown up adult dog! That’s the plan anyway.
Wish me luck!
I have had a lovely winter here in Hobart, with lots of warm blankets and cuddles with Dexter. You would all know Dexter as the Ambassador Dog for Guide Dogs Tasmania, but to me he’s just my big, older brother that I get to play with, and then snuggle up with!
Recently, I attended a group training session with the other southern pups on bus travel. Apparently this is something I need to get used to, as I may be doing a fair bit of it when I become a Guide Dog. The bus ride was ok, but there is not much room and I don’t like small spaces! This is something I will have to work on, so that I become more comfortable.
I went with my Puppy Raiser and her friends to the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery recently, for a good look around. They have lots of animals and birds there but they don’t move – I just can’t work that out!
My favourite day of the week is Sunday, and I know which day that is, because Dexter and I go to the park with our friends to play!
Last week, after going to the park, we all had a bath afterwards – I’m a very shiny girl now and people can instantly tell that I have just had a bath just by looking at me!
Soon I will be moving on to the next stage of my training – I will miss my Puppy Raisers, and Dexter, but I am sort of looking forward to seeing what lays ahead. I’m sure it will be exciting!
Cheers for now.
Well, since I last spoke to you, Shae came to stay for a week! She is a working Guide Dog who used to live here when she was a puppy. She was here having a holiday, and Dexter and I were happy to have her.
She was great fun and she showed me how to kick the water out of the big bowl. My Puppy Raiser said she was the first pup to do this. She started doing it the day after she arrived when she was little, and now she has passed that trick down to all the other dogs, much to the delight of my Puppy Raisers (teehee).
I had a great day last week. My Puppy Raiser and I went to Hobart and walked all around, up the stairs and down the escalators, and I got lots of smiles. Then, as a “special treat” I got to go to the Save the Children Shop to choose a new toy. With a lot of help from the lady in the shop (she is a volunteer as well), I got a yellow teddy. When I got home I was allowed to play with him, so I chewed his nose off! Isn’t that what Teddies are for?
Did you see my Puppy Raiser and me (and Taylor and Dexter) on the news in May? We were all interviewed because Guide Dogs was named ‘most trusted’ for the 5th year in a row! I was on my best behaviour. It was great!
Cheers from Paris
Recently I went with my Puppy Raiser to a place called Centrepoint to meet with Zoe and Melanie and of course Ambassador Dog Dexter. We had our coats off and were patted and cuddled by all the people going past. I think we raised a lot of money and spread the word about Guide Dogs Tasmania by being so good. But I must say I now understand why Dexter sometimes doesn’t want to play when he comes home from work – I was exhausted after just one hour!
I had a holiday from Guide Dog duties the other week, and we had visitors – Cooper, who used to be in the Puppy Development Program and his new sister Mia (she’s a Labrador too, from a place called “Labrador Rescue”). They came on the boat from Melbourne and stayed with us for a week. Mia and I had such fun – Cooper is a bit old and couldn’t be bothered with us. Both Dexter and I were very tired for a couple of days when they went home.
I’ve been working a lot on travelators and I think I’ve got them licked – except that big one in Channel Court that squeals and rattles, I don’t like that one and I try to head to the lift which is much nicer.
We went to Salamanca Place last Sunday and lots of the other pups were there. We had a great walk around the waterfront then had to sit still while the people had coffee… that bit was boring. When all else fails I just cuddle up to my big brother.
I’ve been on a plane, I’ve been to the shops, I’ve been to the beach, I’ve been to the city, I’ve been in lots of cars, I’ve been on escalators…it is amazing how many places I’ve been! You know what? I’m pretty lucky, because some of those things have been really scary but I’ve got a bunch of people who have made me feel ok about them, so I’m happy to keep trying even more things. And, I’ve got Dexter, of course.