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Rio - our 2nd Puppy
Puppy Dog Eyes!

Our 2nd Guide Dog is Rio - a name that was chosen by our customers. 

Rio was born on the 16th February 2007. She is a yellow golden retriever/Lab cross and is one of 15 puppies!  She is still with her mum (Lorna) and her siblings in the nest and we should be receiving her 6 week photo/birth certificate soon.

Her siblings are called:

Poppy, Ebony, Eve, Elly, Scooby, Sparky, Morgan, Arthur, Ernie, Eddie, Eric and Bilbo!






Record Breaking Brood Bitch 

15 puppies for Guide Dogs' record breaking brood bitch! 

Lorna, a Guide Dogs' breeding dog (brood bitch) is looking very pleased with herself, having given birth to 15 puppies (a charity record over the past 10-years).  The black Labrador lives in Tong (Shropshire) with volunteer brood bitch holder Suzanne Jarvis.  Lorna gave natural birth to the first 12 pups, with caesarean for the final three, through the expertise of Ashcroft Veterinary Clinic, Oakengates, near Telford. 

The littermates will remain with the brood bitch until Friday, 30 March, when they are returned to the charity, ready to prepare for their long career ahead.

The high profile littermates are being used by Guide Dogs to promote the need to recruit new brood bitch holders.

The role involves homing the charity's brood-bitches; the important animals that breed the next generation of guide dogs. Volunteers will have the exhilarating experience of witnessing the birth of puppies, having the young dogs living with them for around six-weeks, and the on going companionship of the brood-bitch as the unofficial household pet.

Guide Dogs will ensure that a member of its specialist team is on hand to oversee the birth of the litter, and to pay all food and any veterinary bills. 

If you would like to request more information about becoming a brood bitch holder, or other volunteering work for the charity, please call Guide Dogs' contact line on 0870 727 6940.

Volunteer brood-bitch holders have the reward of knowing they are playing a major part in rearing the next generation of guide dogs, as well as having the companionship of the dog and its puppies.  

You don't have to be experienced in dog breeding and Guide Dogs' staff will provide plenty of help to first-time breeders. We're looking for calm and caring people, ideally who have a second person living with them who can provide assistance where needed.