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Meet man’s best friend
Friday, 15 June 2012
MAN’S BEST FRIEND: Kennel manager Tim Coope from the Guide Dogs Training School. Picture by Mark Cleveland
PARENTS and children are invited to meet puppies at a local guide dog training school on Saturday.
The Guide Dog for the Blind school in Woodford Green will be holding an open day so visitors can meet the German Shepherds, Labradors and Retrievers.
Visitors can watch how they are trained for their careers as guide dogs.
They will also be invited to take part in the blindfold challenge, to experience what it is like to put complete trust in a four legged friend.
Staff said the open day is designed to be a fun and interesting day for the whole family, with entertainment including a bouncy castle, treasure hunt, sports day and tombola.
Barry Cahill, training school manager, said: “We have an excellent relationship with the local community, who support us in our training of puppies, dogs and new guide dog partnerships. We’re grateful to the local shops, businesses, and public transport who welcome us – these real world environments are crucial to the success of the training programme.
“We wanted to thank people for their support by opening our doors, allowing everyone to learn what goes on behind the scenes in training future guide dogs.”
For further information about Guide Dogs’ open day, or to learn more about the charity’s services and how you can get involved, contact Lorna Copland on
07500 123 775 or e-mail
No pet dogs are allowed at the fun day, but registered assistance dogs are welcome.
Car parking will be available at West Hatch School, Ashton Playing Fields and The Metropolitan Police Sports Club, with courtesy buses provided from 11am.
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