Sean is the pups’ right hound man

Mercury (Hobart) - - NEWS - PA­TRICK GEE

FIVE furry friends are dig­ging their new jobs and all set to make a “pawsi­tive” dif­fer­ence in the com­mu­nity af­ter grad­u­at­ing as fully qual­i­fied guide and as­sis­tance dogs this week.

Cel­e­brat­ing at the Launceston cer­e­mony — be­side paw-some pups Har­vey, Billie, Ko­bie, Morgan and Murphy — was Sean Cromwell.

The for­mer cadet guide dog mo­bil­ity in­struc­tor also was sur­prised to be pre­sented with his in­ter­na­tional Guide Dog Fed­er­a­tion trainer qual­i­fi­ca­tion at the cer­e­mony.

He was the first to com­plete the training and grad­u­ate in Tas­ma­nia for 10 years.

Guide Dog ser­vices co-or­di­na­tor Kim Ryan said Mr Cromwell had an “end­less pas­sion and com­mit­ment” to the pro­gram: “Sean has an in­cred­i­ble abil­ity to take cheeky, en­er­getic, en­thu­si­as­tic pups and cre­ate won­der­ful guide or as­sis­tant dogs out of them. The way he works with each dog is a de­light to watch.”

Mr Cromwell said be­com­ing a trainer had been his goal “for a very long time”.

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