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Therapy Dog Ollie wearing her orange coat
30 August, 2018

Therapy Dog Awareness Month

As September is National Therapy Dog Awareness Month, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT would like to take this opportunity to recognise all the life-changing services our Therapy Dogs have been able to provide to people in difficult, stressful or traumatic situations.

Lindy in her beanie hugging her Guide Dog Comet
30 August, 2018

Lindy and Guide Dog Comet Braving the Cold for PAWGUST

Growing up, Lindy’s dream was to stand on the podium with a Gold Medal around her neck. When Lindy was suddenly diagnosed with a rare eye condition, she was determined to continue to live a full and active life and prove that age and vision loss are no barriers for participation in sports and in life.

Little puppy getting a pat on the head at Puppy Play Day
28 August, 2018

Puppy Play Day to Thank our Puppy Sponsors

It takes close to two years to raise, train and transform playful pups into brilliant Guide Dogs - a journey only made possible by the monthly support of people like our Puppy Sponsors. This weekend, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT hosted a Puppy Play Day at the Guide Dogs Centre in Glossodia, as a special thank you event for these wonderful Puppy Sponsors.

Puppy Raisers Louise and Sam holding their second Guide Dog Puppy Kingsley
28 August, 2018

Meet the Puppy Raisers: Louise and Sam

Oral Health Therapist Louise and Owner of Plumbing Company Sam are a newly wedded couple that have always had pet dogs growing up and talked about having a dog of their own. After tying the knot last year, they became fur-parents by volunteering as Puppy Raisers for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT and are now raising three–month–old Kingsley.

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT Training Team with the graduate Guide Dogs at the Guide Dogs Centre all sitting in a row
15 August, 2018

Graduating Guide Dogs presented with their first harness in Port Macquarie

Today is a proud day for five Graduating Guide Dogs as they received their very first harness at a special Guide Dog NSW/ACT ceremony in Port Macquarie after completing five months of intensive training at the Guide Dog Centre. This is the first time a Guide Dog presentation ceremony has taken place in the Mid North Coast which is an exciting way to mark the conclusion of Guide Dog Training and the start of the next life-changing chapter for these incredible dogs.

Guide Dog in training walking with his trainer on a loose leash smiling happily
09 August, 2018

Top 3 Dog Walking Tips from a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor

Walking your dog is so much more than just a physical activity. In addition to the health benefits from getting active, it’s also extremely beneficial for behaviour training, socialisation and developing the bond between the dog and their owner. To assist all pooches and their owners with daily dog walks, we’ve asked our Guide Dog Mobility Instructor, Eddie Sullivan, to share his top three dog walking tips.

Yellow lab puppy enjoying pats from a happy couple at the Dog Lovers Show
06 August, 2018

Dog Lovers Show Sydney 2018

It was a big weekend for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT at The Dog Lovers Show, the world's greatest festival for dog lovers and one of the largest dog events in the world. The Dog Lovers Show took place at the Royal Hall of Industries in Moore Park, Sydney where thousands of passionate dog lovers and over 500 beautiful dogs united to celebrate everything we love about our furry friends.

Puppy Raiser holding a little yellow lab puppy that is soundly asleep in his arms
30 July, 2018

Guide Dogs Seeking Volunteers for New Home Birth Program

Guide Dogs NSW/ACT has just launched a new Home Whelping and Puppy Rearing Program and is now seeking local volunteers in the Richmond, Windsor, Penrith and Hills areas, to play an invaluable role in helping bring the next generation of Guide Dog puppies into the world.

Chrissy and hugging her yellow lab Guide Dog Lacey
24 July, 2018

Chrissy and Guide Dog Lacey participate in PAWGUST

Six years ago when Chrissy was in her final year of university, she was suddenly diagnosed with Stargardt's Disease, a disease that causes progressive damage of the retina which is responsible for sharp and straight ahead vision. Chrissy’s central vision began to deteriorate, and for the past two years she’s depended on her Guide Dog Lacey to get around safely and independently.