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16 June, 2017

Meet your June 2017 Guide Dog graduates

The twelve Guide Dog graduates

Meet Jet, Nealie, Nelda, Nevada, Obie, Olana, Oria, Panther, Patsy, Penny, Pilot and Quota - twelve amazing dogs, who, through the help of supporters and volunteers, have graduated as Guide Dogs.

The new graduates were presented with their Guide Dogs harness at a graduation ceremony held at the Guide Dogs Centre in Glossodia. The ceremony was attended by donors, sponsors, puppy raisers, and trainers who witnessed the graduates walk down a red carpet and receive their Guide Dog harness.

It has taken over two years and over $35,000 to breed, raise and train each of the Guide Dog graduates - a journey made possible by the wonderful support of people like you. These new Guide Dogs are now ready to be matched with clients to assist with their mobility and independence.

Meet the new Guide Dog graduates

Jet

Jet

Jet is the clown of the group and enjoys his time in the free run playing fetch with his mates. He may be playful but when his harness is on he is able to refocus on work and leave playtime behind. Jet enjoys travelling and going out and about. His best friends are Pilot and Panther.

Nealie

Nealie

The social butterfly of the group, Nealie loves to tease and play with her friends. She is eager to please and will do anything to get your attention. When she is in harness, she is a keen worker who performs her duties well. She loves travelling to new places. 

Nelda

Nelda

Nelda is a very gentle dog. She is the wise one in the group and often just sits back to watch other dogs play. She takes her job seriously. Nelda is very focused, driven, and attentive to her handler.

Nevada

Nevada

Nevada is a beautiful boy who seems to think that he is a lap dog -- he will happily sit on your lap given the chance. Nevada has come a long way in his training and has grown into a very capable Guide Dog. He enjoys having the harness on and getting to work. He loves hanging out with his two sisters Nealie and Nelda.

Obie

Obie

Obie, aka Obie Wan Kenobi, is the gentle giant of the group. His soft and gentle nature makes him a pleasure to be around. He is confident and always happy to train. In the kennels he loves playing with his sister Oria and his best friend Nealie.

Olana

Olana

Olana is a cheerful dog who loves to please. She enjoys exploring new places and is confident to try new commands. In the kennels, Olana is affectionately known as Olana-lou, Olana-bear, or Banana (because of her fluffy yellow coat), and likes to hang out with her best friend Patsy. 

Oria

Oria

In harness, Oria is a sweet and gentle guide. Out of harness, she loves nothing more than to do zoomies around the yards and to encourage her mates in games. Oria loves attention and will do anything to get some cuddles. She enjoys spending time with her brother Obie and is always up for a game of chase with Penny.

Panther

Panther

Panther is  happy to relax and stay in the shade while the other dogs are running around. He is easy to manage and will make an awesome Guide Dog. He is a great worker and is always up for a walk. Panther loves playing with all the dogs in his group and his best friend is his brother Pilot.

Patsy

Patsy

Patsy has a great work ethic and always gives her 100%. After a big day out, she enjoys chilling out in the free run and getting tummy rubs. Her best friend is Olana.

Penny

Penny

Penny is a confident and sweet dog. When the harness is on, she is very focused and driven. In the free runs she loves to play fetch with her mates. She is the fastest runner in the group. Her best friends are Quota and Jet.

Pilot

Pilot

Pilot is a gorgeous and confident dog. He is very focused, driven, and loves to be in the lead. You will always land safely at your destination with this Pilot! He enjoys the company of his brother Panther and his sister Penny.

Quota

Quota

Quota is a gentle dog who loves the comforts of home. He is very easy to manage and just gets on with his job. Quota loves playing with Panther and Pilot and is always up for a game of chase with all his mates in the free run.