Guide Dog Pup, Sara
Guide Dog Pup Sara is one pretty girl! She arrived from South Australia early in 2018 and is now living with her Puppy Raiser just outside of Launceston. With a few acres to run around on, twin humans to play with and a Doberman named Alice to chase, Sara really is a lucky puppy who is learning new things about the world every day.
Did you know we named her after Guide Dogs Tasmania volunteer, Sara? You can watch the moment Sara (human) met Sara (pup) on our YouTube Channel here.
Wow, time flies when you’re having fun! I have had a busy time and am becoming a better pup every day. I love going out with my Puppy Raiser and especially enjoy the fun trips with the whole family. I am lucky to have nine year old twins at my home who love me very much and are good at playing with me. They took me swimming at the beach with them during the holidays and we had the best time. We all ran on the beach and I loved chasing the odd seagull!
The twins took me tadpole collecting recently and I couldn’t see the attraction of those little squirmy things, but I had a lovely run in the paddock. I like it there because of all the good smells and occasional wallaby poo to eat!
There is nearly always activity at my home because the twins are very busy people. I like it when they practice on the piano and read to me, and especially when we watch TV together – I liked ‘The Block’ the best. I visit their school a lot and the children all know me well now and know not to distract me. There are lots of good stairs at the school so I practice those regularly as well.
I have just turned one and my family had a little party for me. I had to wear a pink party hat which wasn’t great, but I got a yummy chicken wing with my dinner as a treat – I felt very special.
My training is ticking along and I am getting better all the time. I don’t like shopping much but have conquered escalators and am good at waiting! Nonetheless I am a very happy pup and my family love me – who can blame them!
’Til next time…
I am a big girl now at 10 months old.
I have been pretty busy the last couple of months and I am out and about a lot. I love going out and get a bit bored if I have to stay home. I am happy to do big walks and don’t even mind going into town, although I get a bit sick of waiting in shops – I can’t see what fun there is in that! I have mastered escalators and am working on doing stairs properly. I mostly remember to stop on the first step, but not always, so more practice is needed there.
I have been to the cinema a couple of times and REALLY wanted to clean up all the popcorn on the floor, but my Puppy Raiser won’t let me do that. However, it is a good opportunity for a little nap. I love the get-togethers with the other Guide Dog pups but must admit I am not always on my best behaviour. I just want to play with them, but with my coat on I must try not to let them distract me. Some things are really hard for a friendly pup like me!
One of my favourite outings recently was a trip to the snow. Wow, was it fun! I liked that cold white stuff and my Puppy Raiser’s children made funny snowmen with carrots for noses. Little did they know that I stole the carrots and ate them as soon as the kids turned away – needless to say they were not happy with me! I thought it was pretty funny and my Puppy Raiser had a laugh as well.
With all the rain recently our paddock is very wet and muddy. My Puppy Raiser takes me for a run there most days and says I look like a pup dipped in chocolate when we get home. I’m not keen on having my feet and tummy wiped all the time, but put up with it. It’s better than being hosed off, which I hate!
Anyway, my Puppy Raiser is pleased with my progress so far and says I am a smart pup, although distracted at times. I love my family and they love me, and I am working hard towards being a good Guide Dog.
Until next time – keep smiling and stay focussed!
Love Princess Sara xxx
I caught up with human Sara recently. She’s a long-term volunteer at Guide Dogs Tasmania, and I was named after her! How lucky am I??
Sara is a wonderful person who dedicates time each week as a Community Fundraising volunteer. She helps out at ‘pup’-up shops, cleans mini collection dogs, and a whole heap of other stuff that needs doing! Because she lives in the south, and I live in the north, we don’t catch up all that often. But when we do, it’s very special 🙂
It’s Sara, reporting for duty.
I am growing up fast and learning soooooo much stuff. But don’t worry, it’s all good Guide Dog stuff. I’m six months old now and my Puppy Raiser thinks I’m a smart, confident little pup. I love going out with her even if I have to work, as we always manage to have some fun as well.
My walking in coat is going well and I’m getting less distracted by humans and dogs the more walks I do. I have conquered escalators and walk straight on and off just like a professional – I’m a bit proud of myself for achieving this. I got to go to the movies about a month ago and behaved well. I thought it was a good opportunity for a little nap! My Puppy Raiser family take me out to dinner occasionally and I try really hard not to lick the floor, but it’s hard to resist. However, I usually end up falling asleep under the table!
My Puppy Raiser used to fly aeroplanes in the Air Force so I get to hang out at the airport occasionally and see big groovy military planes. I even got to go on a giant C17 for a look and boy, was it big! Also, I must tell you about the noisiest event ever that I went to; it was at the kids’ school for a paper plane competition. I swear the cheering from the kids was louder than a full crowd at the MCG – just deafening! However, it didn’t phase me and I just sat and watched like a big dog.
One of my favourite things to do is going to the dog park and playing with all the other dogs. I also love playing with my Puppy Raiser’s children. especially tug-of-war with my big rope – I really LOVE that. I love going to the kids’ school as all the students and teachers think I am gorgeous. Violet and I went to the grade one class to teach them all about being a Guide Dog and guess what, we just fell asleep!
Anyway, rest assured that I am working hard to be the best Guide Dog I can be and I try so hard to concentrate when I am out and about in coat. I am very happy with my family and they love me very much.
Until next time – stay well.
Love “Princess” Sara.
My name is Sara and I have not been in Tasmania long – I came all the way from South Australia arriving in Hobart on 9 January 2018. I was an instant hit with the staff at the Guide Dog Office (that’s because I am sooooo cute and pretty). I am very lucky because I am named after a lovely volunteer with Guide Dogs Tasmania and feel privileged to share her name. My Puppy Raisers came to pick me up a couple of days later and I liked them straight away. I think they were very happy to see me and gave me heaps of cuddles. We drove up to Launceston and I just slept the whole way – my Puppy Raisers were happy about that!
I am living on seven acres and there are even some cows just over the fence. They are very big but I am not scared of them at all. I have settled in well and really like it here – I especially like eating the wallaby poo but my Puppy Raiser isn’t too keen on me doing that! I have Alice the Doberman to play with and she is pretty cool but doesn’t like me near her food. My Puppy Raiser also has eight year old twins, Ava and James, and they play with me a lot. James and I even appeared on the front page of the Examiner in January!
My new family and I went to the beach for a week that was fun. I got to play in a different house but couldn’t go walking as I hadn’t had all my vaccinations. However, one morning when the tide went out my Puppy Raiser took me to the beach. I liked the sand but wasn’t too sure about those things called ‘waves’. I was a bit naughty at the beach house as I tore up a whole roll of toilet paper all over the lounge room floor – I thought it was fun but nobody else did!
I have been busy learning Guide Dog stuff already and my Puppy Raiser says I am a smart, confident pup who catches on fairly quickly. I know my name and ‘sit, down and stay’ already but do need to keep practicing as I forget what to do sometimes. We are also working on recall. I am not quite house trained yet but not far off. I run to the back door when I need to go out and one of my new family takes me out and says ‘busy, busy’ a lot. I think that means they want me to do a wee.
My Puppy Raiser has taken me out to a place called Myer. It was big with lots of people but I wasn’t scared a bit. We went up and down the escalators and with some practice I am now pretty good at that. She has taken me back there a couple of times and also to Target to practice escalators (and elevators) so now I am an expert at getting on – no problem!! We also visited the supermarket and that was okay too – lots of very interesting things to see there. I have even walked next to a shopping trolley with her and was good with that.
I have been to a doctor’s office and into a chemist and everyone just says how gorgeous I am. The ladies at the bank and the post office also thought I was irresistible and I just sat and waited for my Puppy Raiser to do whatever she had to do. She took me to work with her and I must admit that I had a little accident inside but then just slept – I am good at that! People often stop us to ask about Guide Dogs so I try to be on my best behaviour and look like I know what I am doing. I look great in my new orange coat and wear it proudly.
I have had a play-date at my house with Violet and Vinnie and that was EXCELLENT! They are a bit bigger than me but don’t you worry, I can hold my own!! I have my own little swimming pool and jump in often to cool off. As the weather has been so hot I am in it a lot – Violet and Vinnie liked it too.
Did you know in the first few weeks of being in my new home, I had a video made about me? I must be special! You can watch the video below.
Well, that’s about it for now. My Puppy Raiser family love me a lot and I am very happy. I love going out with my Puppy Raiser and she is pleased with how I am doing. I think that being a Guide Dog puppy is pretty cool so I will train hard and be the best I can be.
Lots of Love,
Princess Sara xxx