After a busy few weeks following the launch of our new collection we are excited to go into October with lots planned, including our partnership with the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, in support of Guide Dogs Week 2017! The event is held annually to highlight the indispensable work carried out by the charity, which provides over 4950 guide dogs to people living with sight loss in the UK. This year Guide Dogs Week begins on 7th October and runs until 15th October.
With our new collection for Autumn/Winter recently launched, there has never been a better time to treat your dog to a new bed, collar or lead for the coming Autumn! 10% of all sales made via www.muttsandhounds.co.uk will be donated to Guide Dogs, and support the amazing cause that is so close to the hearts of the team at Mutts & Hounds.
In September we had the pleasure of meeting a gorgeous guide dog puppy who really stole our hearts for the afternoon and made it very difficult to get any work done! We also got the chance to chat to Alison and Kate at Guide Dogs who provided some really interesting information that we just had to share with you.
First off, we were interested to know about whether any different breeds are used these days, since we tend to associate guide dogs with white labs and the occasional golden retriever. Well, we were glad we asked!
The majority of guide dogs are golden retriever mixes (62%), mainly crossed with labradors or german shepherds, followed in popularity by labradors (24%), golden retrievers (10%), german shepherds (3%) and labradoodles (1%), which are used due to the fact they shed less, allowing those with allergies to benefit from an assistance dog.
It was really interesting to hear about the range of different people that Guide Dogs supports, especially since the upper and lower age limits have now been removed and therefore people of any age living with sight loss can apply for a guide dog.
In the UK today, around two million people are living with sight loss and we were shocked to hear that of those, around 180,000 rarely leave their homes alone. As a result, many suffer from depression and struggle with feelings of isolation. This really magnifies just how important guide dogs can be to a person who is partially sighted.
We also learned how Guide Dogs was founded in 1931 by two people in a lock-up garage hoping to make a difference. It's amazing to think that the world's largest breeder and trainer of working dogs had such humble beginnings.
The training of a guide dog puppy begins at just seven weeks, when they go to their first foster home to begin socialisation and basic training and to gain important life experience that will stand them in good stead for life as a working dog. Around a year later they will go on to early training, before moving to advanced training, and finally they will be matched with their new owner. It usually takes around two years for a guide dog to be fully qualified, and ready to change someone's life!
It was so great to hear about how the donation Mutts & Hounds will be making toward Guide Dogs Week will help to support the amazing work of the staff and volunteers. Every purchase made on www.muttsandhounds.co.uk between 7th and 15th October 2017 will contribute to the total donated at the end of Guide Dogs Week, including our brand new collection!
Here's how you can get involved in Guide Dogs Week:
Choose a gift for your four-legged friend at www.muttsandhounds.co.uk - 10% of your order value will go straight to Guide Dogs!
Apply for your own Guide Dogs Week pack here and get moving to raise money!
Learn more about the charity at www.guidedogs.org.uk including how to volunteer as a puppy walker!
In support of The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association, registered charity number 209617 (England and Wales) and SC038979 (Scotland). The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association (Trading Company) Limited, a company limited by guarantee registered in England and Wales (291646). Trading in support of Guide Dogs.