Martina Simos, Education Writer, The Advertiser
April 16, 2017 7:30pm
THE cheeky adventures of Guide Dog labrador puppies like Boston have been penned into a book series.
Each book in the Little Paws series introduces a new pup at a different age and details the adventures they have while being trained to become guide dogs and the families who raise them.
The books, by author Jess Black, are a partnership between Penguin Random House Australia and Guide Dogs Australia, and will deliver royalties to the six state-based Guide Dog organisations for their puppy raising programs.
Guide Dogs SA/NT acting CEO Garry Peschel said the books will also raise awareness about the fun stories in the journey of raising a guide dog and things that can go wrong.
“Life isn’t always perfect when you are raising guide dogs,’’ he said.
“It’s a journey of love, fun, adventure and the books actually portray some off those hiccups that sort of happen along the way.’’
Anyone interested in raising a puppy for 12 months should contract Guide Dogs SA/NT for more detailed information, Mr Peschel said.
“We go along the whole journey with the puppy raiser step by step,’’ Mr Peschel said.
“We also come out and support our puppy raisers on a regular basis. We don’t just hand over a puppy and ask for it back a year later.’’
Audrey, 5, said she saw similarities in eight-week-old Guide Dog puppy Boston and her family’s cheeky black labrador puppy.