A Sad Start to 2015

To say that Guide Dogs Tasmania began the year in the same spirit we closed off 2014 would be far from true.

Over the Christmas break we were devastated by the tragic loss of GD Puppy, Ringo.  Ringo became quite ill just before Christmas and never recovered.  He passed away on New Year’s Day.Ringo, just days before he passed away.

Our thoughts are very much with Annie, Ringo’s puppy raiser.  Annie’s devotion and dedication to Ringo were unwavering.  It has been a tragic loss and we will continue to support Annie through this time.

Guide Dogs Tasmania would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to the veterinarian, Dr Michael Reilly, the owner of Sheffield Veterinary Clinic.  Michael went well and truly above the call of duty, spending most of Christmas Day and indeed much of the Christmas break trying to give Ringo every chance to recover.

We are unsure exactly what the cause of Ringo’s illness was; however, it resulted in Ringo being unable to regenerate lost blood cells.

To all of our supporters, we would like you to know that we will grieve the passing of Ringo, but his loss will strengthen our resolve even more, and we will remember Ringo and all that lay ahead of him every time we raise and train other pups in the future.

Incidents like this provide us all with an opportunity to reflect on the important things in life and those around us that we care about.

Having said that, we are all devastated.

Good boy, Ringo; go well.

“… what we have enjoyed, we can never lose … all that we love deeply becomes a part of us.” (Helen Keller)