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Guide Dogs urgently looking for Puppy Raisers in 2023

Guide Dogs Australia releases adorable sneak peak of the snoozy litter that ‘barked in the bells’ for 2023

Across New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, Guide Dogs Australia welcomed its first litter of puppies for 2023.

Labrador Febe gave birth to six healthy pups, two male and four female, three yellow and three black.

The gorgeous puppies will eventually spend a year in the homes of volunteer Puppy Raisers before heading to the Guide Dogs Centre for formal training - with Guide Dogs Australia currently open to volunteer applications.

Usually, each Guide Dog litter has all its puppies' names begin with the same letter, with the team running through the alphabet on rotation as each new litter arrives.

This would have been the ‘X’ litter, but, given no working Guide Dogs can have the same name and with Xanthe and Xia already taken, this proved a little tricky.

Instead, Guide Dogs Australia turned to its staff members to name each puppy - making this litter a little unique.

Of note are Beau, named for the first Guide Dog trained in Australia and Rocket, named after a type of firework – perfect for New Year's. They join their siblings Soda, Honey, Joyce and Jina.

Guide Dogs Whelping Adviser Leah Willet has watched the bond develop between Febe and her pups.

“We never tire of seeing new pups arrive safely into the world, and there’s just something about the first litter of the year – they remind us we’ve got another beautiful year ahead of working with these amazing dogs to help them take on a life changing role in our community.

“Febe is an absolute natural at looking after them, they are currently four weeks old, and starting to explore the sights, sounds and smells of the world around them,” Leah said.

The newborn pups will spend the first two months of their lives with mum Febe before they go home with volunteer Puppy Raisers and begin their two-year journey to change someone’s life.

“Having love and support from a Puppy Raiser makes such a difference in a Guide Dog’s journey – it is a crucial role that helps the puppies develop the skills they will need to one day become a life-changing Guide Dog for someone with low vision or blindness,” Leah said.

“With the pups being born on New Year’s, it is the perfect opportunity for a new Puppy Raiser to grow and develop alongside the pup throughout 2023. 
If you’ve ever thought about raising a puppy for Guide Dogs, why not start the year off right!” Leah concluded.

Guide Dogs urgently needs volunteer Puppy Raisers.

All training, veterinary costs, and equipment is provided by Guide Dogs.

To register or find out more, visit the Guide Dogs Australia website 

MEDIA RELEASE, 27th January 2023

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