A business owner from Pinner, Harrow, has sponsored a pup in aid of Guide Dogs, a charitable organisation dedicated to people with visual impairments to lead the lives they desire, offering a variety of services through the support of dedicated volunteers and staff.
Andy Hart, the owner of Ovenu Pinner, has lent his unwavering support to the charity, accompanying the adorable pup, Ralph, on an inspiring journey of training and development. This initiative follows the Ovenu franchise’s sponsorship of Selsey, a black Labrador, in 2021.
Selsey, despite showing great promise in training, encountered a minor hip issue that prevented her from becoming a working Guide Dog. Undeterred by this setback, Andy Hart remains firmly committed to supporting Guide Dogs in their vital mission.
Currently at the age of 10 months, Ralph is in the capable hands of Puppy Raisers Toni and Adrian, who are among the 16,000 volunteers collaborating with Guide Dogs. Ralph will spend the next few months under their nurturing care before embarking on intensive training to become a full-fledged Guide Dog. The ultimate goal is for Ralph to provide assistance to a visually impaired individual, enriching their lives with his newfound skills.
Ralph’s transition into this pivotal stage has been smooth, characterized by his endearing and charming personality. His recent progress report highlights his exceptional proficiency in confidently navigating public transport and thriving in bustling environments. While his dining manners are a work in progress, it’s clear that Ralph is on a promising path to becoming a remarkable Guide Dog.
Andy said: “Guide Dogs is a fantastic charity and I’m pleased to be able to give something back by supporting its life changing work. These dogs provide those with sight loss greater mobility, independence, social interaction – as well as companionship.
“It’s also a way of saying a huge thank you to my clients who, without their continued support, I wouldn’t be in a position to sponsor this adorable pup!”
Guide Dogs’ CEO Andrew Lennox said: “It costs approximately £56,000 to support each guide dog through from birth to retirement, and without all the contributions of our donors and the efforts of our fundraisers we would not be able to do what we do.”
For further information or to donate to Guide Dogs visit https://www.guidedogs.org.uk/