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OUR Christ­mas cover photo fea­tures six-year-old twins Nakita and Tarnia with adorable pup­pies Quineisha (the light one) and Quota.

When they’re not pos­ing for pho­tos, or catching a quick nap, the seven-weekold pups are be­ing trained to be­come guide dogs for Guide Dogs NSW/ACT.

It costs more than $35,000 to breed, raise and train one guide dog which, like all ser­vices of­fered by Guide Dogs NSW/ACT, is pro­vided for free to a per­son who is blind or vi­sion-im­paired.

The or­gan­i­sa­tion gets less than 2 per cent of its fund­ing from gov­ern­ment sources. To help fund this vi­tal ser­vice, Guide Dogs NSW/ACT has re­leased its first char­ity gift-giv­ing cat­a­logue.

There are 16 gifts to choose from, start­ing from $7 and in­clud­ing dog bowls, puppy blan­kets and even vet checks.

Choose your gifts and Guide Dogs will send you a Pre­cious Pup Pack with a card for each gift.

On Christ­mas Day, present your cards to friends and fam­ily so they can see the gift de­scrip­tion and how it will help a puppy.

All gifts bought from the cat­a­logue are tax de­ductible. For de­tails and to or­der visit pup­py­christ­mas.com.au.

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