Whilst taking our little dog, Muffin, for a walk round the neighbourhood the other day I met this lady and her little dog, a beautiful Labrador puppy.
We stopped to chat, how you do, dog owner to dog owner.
This 16 weeks old Lab is a Guide Dog Puppy in Training. I discovered through our little chat, perhaps everybody else knows this but I didn't, that the Puppy Walkers keep the puppies for around 12 months. Their task is to socialize them and give them basic training. The puppies are taken everywhere with the walkers, on buses, trains, in crowds, mixing with other animals etc. At the end of the 12 months the puppies then go on for actual Guide Dog Training.
He looks angelic doesn't he? The walker was telling me though that he was really lively and quite a handful to look after. I'm sure she'll sort him out. After 7, or was it 8 puppies, I think she knows what she's doing!