Train­ing starts for guide dog rais­ers

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The Graney fam­ily of Katikati, like many across the re­gion, are puppy rais­ers for the Blind Foun­da­tion guide dogs.

Pup­pies join fam­i­lies at around nine weeks old and stay with the host fam­ily un­til they are 12-15 months.

Amanda Graney said the fam­ily plays a small, but priv­i­leged part in the process of get­ting the puppy pre­pared for in­ten­sive guide dog train­ing in Auck­land. The fam­ily’s cur­rent guide dog puppy Ayla, is 11 months old. She said the pup has a lovely gen­tle na­ture and can be pat­ted only when she has her of­fi­cial coat off.

“If you see us in town please do not pat or talk to her as she is work­ing. These pup­pies when fully trained do an amaz­ing job and will hold some­one’s life in their lit­tle paws.”

Guide dogs act as the eyes for more than 200 Ki­wis who have low or no vi­sion so that they can get around in­de­pen­dently and with con­fi­dence. Guide dogs are not govern­ment funded and rely solely on do­na­tions from the pub­lic. Amanda has spent the last cou­ple of months rais­ing money for the Blind Foun­da­tion guide dogs and has had some amaz­ing re­sponses. She thanks lo­cal busi­nesses and in­di­vid­u­als who have spon­sored the guide dogs in some way.

“A spe­cial thanks to Fother­ing­hame Con­trac­tors Ltd who started the ball rolling with a fan­tas­tic do­na­tion, Bay­wide Au­tos Katikati, J and J Gra­ham also gave an amaz­ing do­na­tion, as did the Lions Club of Katikati, Katikati Vets and S Grave­son. Tu­rama Ahi Pot­tery Ltd also helped to get us near our tar­get.”

Amanda said part of rais­ing money was not to do noth­ing, but to take part in the ASB Auck­land Marathon by do­ing the 12km tra­verse over the Auck­land Har­bour Bridge.

“The weather played its part with no wind or rain, only 4500 peo­ple to work your way around who were also do­ing the tra­verse.

“A big thank you to my walk­ing part­ner, Dale, who got me out to pound the pave­ment, in the rain or sun­shine!”

She said her chil­dren have thoughts about fundrais­ing next year and tak­ing part in the ASB Auck­land Marathon.

To date the Graneys have raised $2660 and are try­ing to raise $3000 by the end of Novem­ber. Thank you to ev­ery­one who has spon­sored the guide dogs so far or bought raf­fle tick­ets.

Do­na­tions can still be made un­til the end of this month as part of the ASB Auck­land Marathon fundrais­ing ef­fort — do­na­tions can be made to www.ev­ery­day­hero.co.nz — search for — Guide Dog Pup­pies — Ayla. Do­na­tions go di­rectly to guide dogs, so if you have thought about giv­ing, go for it — it’s easy!

Ayla, the guide dog pup, be­ing raised by the Graney fam­ily in Katikati.

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