Volunteer guide dog breeders needed as Rubery couple share joys of the role - The Bromsgrove Standard

Volunteer guide dog breeders needed as Rubery couple share joys of the role

Bromsgrove Editorial 31st May, 2024   0

THE GUIDE Dogs charity is highlighting the brilliant work of a volunteer couple from Rubery as it encourages others to help raise guide dogs in their home.

Breeding dog volunteers, Avril and Brian Lancaster from Rubery have been caring for guide dog mum Lottie who helps bring future service dogs into the world.

Lottie is one of nine guide dog mums, whose dad is Guide Dogs ‘Dogfather’ Trigger. He is a prolific stud dog, who’s fathered 39 litters, totalling over 300 puppies, and celebrated his retirement last month.

During the charity’s breeding programme, they will call on volunteers to home dogs who have litters of pups.

Volunteers can then enjoy the company of these adorable pups for around eight weeks, before they move out to start the first stages of their guide dog training.

 Breeding Dog Volunteer Brian said: “During lockdown, we saw a local newspaper article about signing up to look after a guide dog mum and we thought we’d give it a try.

“Lottie is a fabulous dog, and she is the absolute perfect mum.

“It was a great experience having a litter at home. It was hard work at times, but such a joy as well.

“The best thing about the role for us is the pleasure of knowing that we can help others by doing what we do.

“It’s also lovely to have Lottie with us as effectively a family pet, when she isn’t having a litter.

“Guide Dogs give you all the help you could ever need.”

Since living with the Lancaster’s, Lottie has had one litter of seven pups and is due to have her second litter next year.

Sam Smith, Guide Dogs breeding dog advisor, said: “Lottie is one of several life-changing guide dog mums we have living across The Midlands.

“She’s a natural mum, and she’s helping to carry on the legacy of our world-famous guide dog dad Trigger. “

The charity is now calling on new volunteers across the Midlands to home a guide dog during breeding. Volunteers receive expert training to be well-equipped for the role.

Volunteers must be within an hour’s drive of the charity’s national centre, just outside Leamington Spa.

Contact volunteering coordinator, Verity O’Donnell at [email protected] or call 0800 781 1444 to enquire.


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