Wyre makes a PAW-some appearancePublished Tuesday, 04 July 2017
Wyre the guide dog made a WOOF-tastic appearance at Wyre on Friday 30 July, where an event took place with Guide Dogs for the Blind to officially hand over Wyre’s birth certificate to the council.
12 months have passed since a successful campaign to raise £5,000 to fund a guide dog for the blind was launched. Since then, Wyre has been growing up and is almost ready to take on his lifelong challenge of being a guide dog.
At the event on Friday at the Civic Centre in Poulton, the Mayor of Wyre Alice Collinson and Chief Executive Garry Payne were presented with Wyre’s birth certificate. Cat Smith MP for Fleetwood and Lancaster and Paul Maynard MP for Blackpool North and Cleveleys also attended the event to welcome Wyre.
Wyre is just six months old and in another six months, he’ll be on his way to the puppy training centre where he will stay for 16 to 18 months to be specially trained. If he is successful in becoming a guide dog, he’ll work with a loving owner and help change their life.
However, not all puppies are successful. Some might fail their tests but their training won’t go to waste. Some go on to become police dogs, a loving pet or a buddy dog for young children.
Garry Payne, Chief Executive of Wyre Council, commented: “We’ve had a great day welcoming Wyre to Wyre! He’s a boisterous boy, but we wouldn’t want him any other way at just six months old.
“Guide Dogs for the Blind do a great job at raising puppies to become exceptional dogs that help the blind or partially sighted.”
Two years ago, the Blackpool and Fylde Branch of the Guide Dogs for the Blind charity launched an appeal to fund a puppy named ‘Wyre’ at the Civic Centre.
The charity aimed to raise £5,000, the cost to raise a guide dog puppy in its first year. After raising £4,750, they asked Wyre Council to help raise the final £250.
Jeff Hopcroft, Treasurer of the branch, commented: “The charity branch is based in the Blackpool and Fylde area and we receive about £30,000 a year to help raise our puppies, partly from store collections and from projects to get people to name puppies, like we did here at Wyre Council.”
Wyre’s puppy walker will keep us all informed of his progress and we’ll keep our fingers crossed that he’s successful in his guide dog training.
If you wish to sponsor a puppy and help change a life, visit www.guidedogs.org.uk