It’s a shaggy dog tale with a very happy ending.
For the first time ever a dog with the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind in Donegal has welcomed a litter of puppies.
And Poppie the yellow labrador certainly did it in style with no less than TEN healthy puppies.
Brood H, as it is known, arrived one after the other earlier this week with six girls and four boys.
The race is now on to name the puppies with all suggestions beginning with the letter ‘H’.
However, even more important is a mission to find a list of volunteers to help the dogs grow and thrive to become either guide dogs or assistance dogs.
The Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind Donegal branch is looking for volunteer Puppy Raisers, Home Socialisers and Temporary Boarders to help the pups on the first stage of their training journey.
Volunteers must live no further than one and a half hours outside of Letterkenny.
Puppy Raisers care for and train our pups from 8 weeks old to 12-14 months. An assigned Puppy Raising Supervisor will support them throughout their journey.
Home Socialisers take a 7 week old pup for a week to introduce them to all sorts of every day sounds and experiences.
Temporary Boarders support the long term Puppy Raisers when they go on holiday. This could be anywhere from a weekend to 3 weeks at a time.
You can find out more at our Information Webinar on Thursday, 23rd September at 7pm.
To register please email firstname.lastname@example.org
If you would like to know any more you can contact the Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind Donegal Branch on Facebook and they say they will be happy to fill you in.