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28 October, 2016

Guide Dog presentation in Newcastle

Guide Dogs Newcastle staff with the graduating Guide Dogs

Graduating Guide Dogs presented with their first harnesses in Newcastle

A very special ceremony took place in Newcastle this week, when six new Guide Dogs were presented with their harnesses.

The first event of its kind in the Hunter, the celebration marked the conclusion of 20 weeks of intensive training for the life-changing Guide Dogs that will soon be matched with a person who is blind or vision impaired.

The six dogs sit with their news harness on a red carpet

Those who attended the special presentation in Broadmeadow had the opportunity to watch the Guide Dogs demonstrate their skills, enjoy a Puppy Pre-School session, meet the newest litter of Labrador puppies and hear from Guide Dog handlers about how their lives have been changed for the better.

Before undergoing intensive training at the Guide Dogs Centre, each of the Guide Dogs, was cared for by volunteer Puppy Raisers from eight-weeks until 14-months-old, who taught them basic obedience and showered them with love and affection.

The six dogs sit with their harnesses on the grass at the Guide Dog Centre

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT CEO, Graeme White said the day will be a celebration of the hard work that these Guide Dogs, their instructors and volunteer Puppy Raisers have put in over the past two years. 

“It has taken more than $35,000 to breed, raise and train each Guide Dog to the all-important working stage of their life,” he said.

People admire a Guide Dog puppy at the Newcastle Presentation

Every day in Australia, 28 people are diagnosed with vision loss that cannot be corrected, including nine who will become blind.

“With the demand for Guide Dogs’ services increasing due to growing numbers of people having trouble getting around as a result of vision loss, we’re incredibly grateful for the support we receive from the community,” Dr White said.