Thirteen-year-old Lubi doesn’t just like dogs, she adores them! It was no wonder then that her Starlight Wish was to visit the Guide Dogs for the Blind National Breeding Centre with her family. Together they learned about what it takes for a puppy to become a guide dog and were able to squeeze in some puppy snuggles in the process!
Lubi’s visit started by meeting our tour guides Liz and Dawn. They gave Lubi a tour of the facility, meeting some of the resident professional guide dogs along the way and experiencing what it would be like to be blind.
The tour finished at perhaps the most exciting room in the centre… The Puppy Block! As the name suggests, the Puppy Block is where the puppies call home until they are matched with a trainer, and eventually their owner. Lubi and her family were able to play, pet and feed the puppies – everyone had the biggest smiles!
The day finished with a hands-on trial with Upton, an official Guide Dogs for the Blind demonstration dog. Each person, after putting on a blindfold, was led by Upton through an obstacle course proving just how smart guide dogs are, how much trust you need to have in them and how valuable they are to someone who is visually impaired.
With the family unable to keep dogs at home, this puppy experience is a special memory for the family to look back on.
“You really made the impossible possible. You brought the whole family together and gave us a perfect day!” – Lubi’s mum