Guide Dog Week

GUIDE DOG WEEK: Go along to an event during Guide Dog Week and meet the trainers, volunteers and dogs.

GUIDE DOG WEEK: Go along to an event during Guide Dog Week and meet the trainers, volunteers and dogs.

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A FUN filled week in October will raise much needed funds for Guide Dogs.

From Saturday, October 6, until Saturday, October 14, members of the public are to be encouraged to experience life as a blind or partially sighted person.

Throughout Scotland, people will get the chance to take on a challenge wearing a blindfold.

There will be a Royal mile walk at Glamis Castle on Saturday October 13, when people can meet the dogs and have a great family day out and learn new and interesting things about the charity.

Logan Anderson, the training school manager at the Forfar centre, has been working with Guide Dogs for 35 years and is really looking forward to the week. He said: “It will be a great chance for members of the public to learn the difficulties the blind and partially sighted face on a day to day basis. Our main aim is to get people mobile.”

Guide Dogs rely heavily on donations as the organisation is not funded by the government. They also rely on their many volunteers. Logan continued: “An army of volunteers work for Guide Dogs, they are our bread and butter.”

Members of the public can book a tour of the centre where they can see where the dogs get exercise, play, sleep and train. The dogs even have underfloor heating in their kennels and the atmosphere is very warm and friendly.

The dogs are always carefully matched according to their potential owners ability and needs. Every care is taken to ensure both dog and owner are content.

Anyone is welcome to try a challenge during Guide Dog week and Guide Dogs Scotland is also encouraging people to use their imagination to develop their own challenge to raise money by having dinner in the dark or do karaoke in blindfold, for example.

The Forfar centre is desperately looking for puppy walkers in the local area, anyone interested can contact the centre on 0845 3727408 or visit /www.guidedogs.org.uk.