Gallus Guide Dogs
At Glasgow Gin, we regularly receive requests for sponsorship and products to be raffled off for charity.
While we know every cause is worthy, it’s simply not possible to help everyone. So instead, we’ve chosen to support a single charity that’s close to our hearts – Guide Dogs Scotland.
We know you’ll understand that by focusing our efforts on just one cause, our donations will have a more significant impact.
That’s why we’re supporting the charity’s puppy scheme, helping them to train a dog and transform the life of someone living with sight loss.
Our puppy, named Duke (what else!), was born on 1st December 2020 along with his siblings Gorby, Jamie, Ludo, Theo, Bill, Sylvia, Lucy, Hazel and Marnie.
In the meantime, if you’d like to donate to Guide Dogs Scotland or even volunteer, please click below.
Dukes Pupdate No. 2
Since we last wrote to you, Duke has improved further in his training and learnt lots of new things – we’ve spoken to his Puppy Raiser, Margaret, to find out how they’re getting on.
Duke now wears the Guide Dogs puppy jacket while out on training walks. This jacket is useful for showing people that the puppy wearing it is in training and shouldn’t be distracted. It also helps pups get used to the feeling of something on their back in preparation for wearing a harness in the later stages of training.
Recently, Duke has been honing a new skill – his recall, on the free runs he’s been able to enjoy since receiving the last of his vaccinations. Margaret said that Duke’s recall is very good, and he enjoys getting a tasty treat as a reward for coming back promptly each time.
At this point in training the pups will try their paws at visiting busy town centres and exploring the big wide world around them, as well as practising walking up and down flights of stairs and going in and out of different style lifts. This is great exposure for the pups as it gets them used to different environments and experiences. Weekly training routines also start to include travelling on different modes of transport. They usually start with car and bus journeys, and then move on to travelling by train. Duke has been in cars, on buses, trains and even on a tram and has taken everything in his stride.
Margaret told us that Duke makes her and her husband smile every day. Duke is ‘quite a vocal boy’ and every morning he greets her husband with a very impressive range of whines and whimpers almost as though he’s having a conversation. Duke also loves stealing and hiding slippers and likes to take one and run around the garden with it throwing it up in the air!
We think that Duke sounds like an absolute delight; a spirited pup who’s doing well with all his training, and clearly thriving in his loving home. We look forward to sending you Duke’s next report card soon.
Dukes Pupdate No. 1
Duke has been living with his Puppy Raiser, Margaret, for a little while now, so we caught up with Margaret to find out how things are going.
Many Puppy Raisers have a few sleepless nights when their pup first arrives, as puppies can sometimes be a little unsettled in a new environment. However, Margaret told us that Duke is ‘an absolute star’ and has slept right through the night since he arrived. He sleeps in a cosy puppy crate and snuggles up to a large cuddly elephant every night.
One of the first things pups need to master when they move to their new home is toilet training. They are encouraged to respond to the ‘busy’ toileting prompt, which is taught to all guide dog pups and is designed to encourage ‘spending’ in appropriate areas. It can take a while for some pups to get the hang of this, but we are pleased to report that Duke is making excellent progress and hasn’t had any accidents indoors for a couple of weeks now. Well done, Duke!
Margaret has begun introducing Duke to some basic obedience commands, such as ‘sit’, ‘down’ and ‘stay’, and Duke is picking things up really quickly, especially when there is a food treat as a reward – he does what’s asked of him with his tongue hanging out, almost dribbling! Another important aspect of a guide dog pup’s early training is to familiarise them with different modes of transport. Duke has started with car travel, which he wasn’t sure about at first, but he quite likes it now and is always excited to discover where their journey has taken them.
‘Duke is so gorgeous, people even stop their cars to say hello to him’, Margaret told us. She also said that he’s a funny pup, who sits and waits patiently for his blow dry when Margaret is drying her hair, and he also loves to watch television!
We think that Duke sounds like a wonderful, bright little puppy who has got off to a great start with the early stages of his training. We hope you’ve enjoyed reading his first pupdate, and we look forward to getting in touch again soon with a report card from his Puppy Development Advisor.