Guide Dog Pup, Vinnie
Guide Dog Pup Vinnie came to Tasmania with his sister, in January 2018. All the way from New Zealand, he is one of the first “Kiwi” pups to start his Guide Dog journey in Tasmania in over 12 years. He is now living with Puppy Raisers in Launceston, and is enjoying going out almost every day to experience new things. In between his training walks, Vinnie enjoys catch ups with his sister and the other northern pups.
Last week I had my first birthday and got extra cuddles, a little treat and a walk in my favourite place. I coudn’t ask for much more than that!
I enjoy catching up with my sister Violet and the other pups in our group. We all love to go to the free run parks, but because I’m black I don’t look as dirty as the others! It really tires me out running and playing so much, and when I get home I need a big sleep.
My Puppy Raisers took me to the National Junior Motocross Championships to see their grandson race in Penguin. It was very noisy but I was quite happy to sleep beside the track (an amazing skill us Guide Dog pups possess. After that we went to the beach for lunch and I met a little dog, but I wasn’t allowed to go into the water as it was cold and my Puppy Raisers didn’t want to take me home all wet.
I enjoy learning new things at our group sessions and learning to walk with my head held high was great. I recently had two weeks in boarding while my Puppy Raisers were away and my Boarders said that I had been the prefect dog.
My Puppy Raisers have a lovely backyard and on sunny days I love to lay in the sun until I get too hot and have to find a shady spot.
Hello everyone, I am now ten months old!
When I arrived at my new home back in January this year I was a little bit shy, but it didn’t take me too long to become very attached to my Puppy Raisers. They really love me too, even though sometimes I can be a little bit naughty and reluctant to do as I am told. I guess it is a teenage thing.
I have a special friend who is called Ripper, and I see him once a week when my Puppy Raisers’ daughter comes over for a meal with us. Ripper is a Jack Russell and we love to play and run around together. Even though he is much smaller than me he is a really fast runner and can hide from me in places I can’t go. We love to play tug-o-war with toys and I usually win because I am a very big boy, weighing 32 kilograms!
I am a very friendly dog and get super excited when visitors come to the house. I’m told I need to calm down when people come over, because this is not how a Guide Dog should behave. Good thing I am still only a pup and have potential to learn!
I love being around children, especially my Puppy Raisers’ seven-year-old granddaughter. My Puppy Raisers take me everywhere with them, including restaurants, supermarkets, church, trips to new places, on buses and shops with stairs, escalators and travellators. I am a very happy dog and a loved part of my Puppy Raisers’ home.
Since my last message I have grown very much and I am now up to 25kg.
I love my home and my Puppy Raisers really give me a lot of love, and it is always great when I see them in the morning. One of my favourite things is to roll over on my back so I can get a tummy rub.
Recently my Puppy Raisers were away for a couple of weeks, so I had a holiday with a very lovely lady who took me to lots of places including a farm, where I met lots of other animals.
I go out lots and go to many places, including the cinema, restaurants and church, and one of my favourite things is going to school when my Puppy Raisers pick up their youngest granddaughter, so I get to see lots of children.
I love when we get together with the other pups, and sometimes, the older dogs.
There is a serious side with the get together though, for example it may involve us sitting very quietly in a cafe, or it could be a walk through the supermarket with us all wearing our orange Guide Dog in Training coats.
I am not very excited when my Puppy Raiser decides to go shopping, because every time she stops I just have a little sleep on the floor. She gets very excited though, because she doesn’t have to worry about me.
Sometimes I can be very stubborn, especially when it’s cold and my Puppy Raiser wants to take me out to toilet. And sometimes, getting out of the car is a bit hard as I am very comfortable.
The people in the restaurants are always happy to have me there as I am so well behaved, and one in particular has a rug for me to sit on every time we visit them. I really am very spoilt, but you won’t hear me complaining.
I came with my sister Violet from New Zealand on the 10 January. We’ve been told that we’re the first Guide Dog puppies to come to Tasmania in over 12 years. No wonder everyone was so excited about our arrival!
We met another puppy when we got here and her name is Sara. The day after our arrival, the three of us had to go and have our photos taken at a lovely vineyard near Richmond.
Everyone fussed over us for the morning, but as we finally got comfortable in one spot, they’d move us to another! By the end of it, I just pretended to be asleep and the humans didn’t want to move me because they felt so bad waking me up! It was a fun day though, and I got to meet some very nice people who worked at the vineyard. I also got to meet a lady called Kirsty Pilkington. She is the one with the big photo-taker-thingy that did a lot of lying down on the ground. No one told her to move though! She was also very nice and kept calling our names. But then when we all decided to run to her, the other humans came and grabbed us! They are very odd sometimes, asking you to do one thing and then changing their minds. I’m sure I’ll work them out soon.
The day after the photoshoot Violet and I were driven in a funny car with lots of Guide Dog signs on it up to Launceston, where we met our new human families. I found out that we are very special pups as we are going to trained to be Guide Dogs for Tasmanians who can’t see. Now I know why that car had all the dogs on it!
Wow, it is hot here in Tasmania! But I have settled in and now sleep well in my new crate. The first night I was so tired I slept until 6am. That didn’t last though, because the next night I had to go to the toilet a couple of times. But after a few days I started to sleep all night so my human Puppy Raisers wouldn’t be too tired to look after me during the day. They are really lovely because when I cried in the night to go to the toilet they woke up and we rushed outside so I could go on the grass and my crate was kept nice and clean.
I have been out and about most days experiencing different places and meeting lots of people. I must say, everyone who meets me falls in love with me because I am just so gorgeous. I have been to shops with escalators; they are a bit scary, but Sean, the cadet Guide Dog Mobility Instructor from Launceston came and helped me to get used to getting on and off and I’m learning fast.
Last week the three of us pups got together and had lots of fun, but those girls gave me a bit of a hard time.
All this learning is very tiring so I need lots of naps. I do enjoy a good nap. Actually, I might just need to have a little nap now [yaaawwn].