Puppy love at Cramlington Care Home as they welcome guide dog in training

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Residents Iris Wight and Mary Tweddle
Residents Iris Wight and Mary Tweddle

Animal lovers at a Cramlington care home were treated to a special visit from a guide dog pup in training as part of a workshop from charity group Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

Golden Labrador Ellie, who is currently in training to become a Seeing Eye dog, met with the residents at Astor Court and Astor Lodge View care home before an information session held at the home.

Those attending the session found out about the life of a guide dog, from birth and training through to their retirement, and were also given the opportunity to find out more about the charity and the work they do.

Activities Coordinator at Astor Court and Lodge View Richard Dobinson arranged the visit through UK-based charity Guide Dogs for the Bind Association which provides independence to thousands of blind and partially-sighted people across the UK through the provision of guide dogs, mobility and other rehabilitation services.

He said: “It was a really interesting session for all of us who attended. Residents loved meeting Ellie the guide dog and it was very interesting to find out about the training process and how the dogs are partnered with people who need them. Guide dogs allow people who have lost their sight to stay independent and enjoy freedom of movement so it’s an excellent cause for us to support.”

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