A letter to… My lucky future owner
Woof! Hello there...
Waking up in my new home, I was a little nervous.
It smelled different to my old one. When I nosed around the kitchen, my brothers and sisters were nowhere to be seen, either.
I missed them, but I had Mr Bear for company.
He’s brown and squishy, and makes a nice, satisfying squeaky noise when I chew him.
The humans don’t seem quite as keen on the sound as I am – but I love it.
I liked my volunteer puppy walkers Tina, 53, and Andy, 57, right away. Tina always has treats. Yummy, crunchy bites for every time I do something good.
Like when I sit or walk nicely beside her on my lead.
‘You’re one of the smartest pups I’ve ever met,’ she says.
I bark back proudly to her, wagging my tail as fast as I can.
And I’m learning new stuff every day…for you!
Tina says you can’t see, so I’m going to be your guide.
I’ll help you cross the road, walk to the shops.
And I know that we’re going to have a lot of fun together, too!
On my way home the other day with Tina, there were lots of mini humans on the path.
Tina calls them ‘kids’. A couple of them visit the house sometimes and shout ‘Nan’ at Tina.
They’re really great. If my tail wasn’t attached it’d fly off, it wags so much when the mini humans are around.
Now I’m 4 months old, I have to go to puppy class.
Me and all the other guide-dog puppies play and chase each other around.
But we also learn very important things that’ll help me when I’m looking after you.
I’m already learning to sit down before crossing the road. Tina tells me I’m a natural
– and that makes me feel so proud.
I’m not quite sure about my name, though – David.
Most of my friends are called Buster, Buddy or Duke.
But Tina says that I’m named after a famous comedian called David Walliams.
I’ve met him and he’s really friendly.
Sometimes, for a treat, Tina and Andy take me to a gigantic patch of grass.
All I can see is green!
Tina takes off my lead and lets me run wherever I want, as fast as I want.
Last week, I was distracted chasing a fluffy grey rabbit.
When I heard Tina call my name she wasn’t where I left her.
But I followed her voice and eventually found her.
When we got home, she sat down on the floor and gave me a big cuddle.
I really love cuddles! I hope you like them, too...
I know that it’s going to be some while until I get to meet you. I have a lot to learn yet.
But Tina says that I’ll be a fully-qualified guide dog in summer 2020.
Every time I curl up with my squishy Mr Bear and go to sleep, I know I’m one day closer to meeting you.
Maybe you have enough sight to read my letter, or maybe someone is reading it to you, in person or on a recording.
I just want you to know I can’t wait to get to know you, let you scratch behind my ears, rub my belly.
I’ll make sure that you’re always safe – don’t worry.
You can count on me.
Tina tells me I’m a natural – that makes me so proud
Big licks from David Puppy David, 4 months, Berkshire
Visit guidedogs.org.uk/ volunteer to find out more about becoming a puppy walker for the charity Guide Dogs.