Specsavers in Chelmsford had a visit from adopted Guide Dog trainee Robbie and his puppy pals to launch the store’s commitment to raise money for the national Guide Dogs charity.
Supporting a fantastic charity
The six-month-old furry friend is being looked after by volunteer puppy walker and optical assistant Alison Wilkins and will stay with her for another six to eight months before starting his training.
Store manager of Specsavers in Chelmsford, Megan Hodges, said: ‘The work that Guide Dogs does is so important; it makes such a huge difference to people’s lives. It was so lovely to have Robbie in store and give him a cuddle.’
‘I’m totally in love with him already’
Puppy walker Alison said: ‘It will definitely be sad to see him go. I’m totally in love with him already but I’m so happy to be able to help contribute to this fantastic charity.’
Specsavers will be raising money over the next six months leading up to Guide Dogs Week (6-14 October). When Robbie completes his stay with puppy walker Alison he will move to the Redbridge Guide Dogs Centre for 12 weeks of initial training and harness work, followed by a further 10 weeks of more advanced training, where he will learn all about traffic awareness and responsible caretaking.
At approximately 18 months old, once his training is complete, Robbie will be matched with his new owner.