Charity of the Year
Did you know all our pubs are dog friendly?
Did you know all our pubs are dog friendly?
We believe pubs are at the heart of every community and we aim to build and nurture these relationships through everything we do. As the Island’s largest private sector employer, we understand the importance of giving back to our local community and place our charity activities as a top priority.
We are delighted that our nominated charity this year is Guide Dogs.
We want to support a charity with a positive, life-changing impact and the guide dog service does just that, transforming the lives of more than 10,000 blind and partially sighted people every year.
As such, we wanted to raise £30,000 to name and sponsor the training of 3 guide dog puppies, we are so happy to have now raised £41,636 in total! We have exceeded this target, and with your support, have now raised enough to name and sponsor a total of 4 puppies!
The money raised will give us the privilege of naming four guide dog puppies. We will also receive individual updates on their progress through training as well as photographs from birth to qualification as a guide dog. It takes around 20 months to transform a tiny puppy into a confident guide dog, and we, and our customers, can proudly follow them every step of the way.
A huge thank you to all of our customers who have contributed to our fundraising efforts so far. We’re happy to announce that our total to date is a whopping £41,636, after raising an additional £241.00 at The Cat’s Family Fun Day, which means we were able to sponsor a fourth guide dog (name to be revealed soon!) to join our other guide dogs; Cooper, Brearley and Amber on their journeys!
Our two previous guide dogs sponsored called Brearley have been carefully rehomed and are doing amazingly with their new families. We now have a third Brearley to begin his guide dog journey. He was born on the 2 March 2021, and has now been with his puppy raiser, Mark for a little while now. Mark has been working on improving Brearley’s confidence and how to master toilet training, Brearley is also being introduced to basic obedience commands like ‘sit’, ‘down’ and ‘stay’ which he is picking up very quickly, especially when there is food as a reward!
Brearley has moments of cheekiness, which usually involve attempts at stealing slippers, socks or shoes! He also loves Mark’s next-door neighbours so much that if he hears them talking outside, he will run up and down the garden in excitement. Brearley is a wonderful, bright little puppy who has got off to a great start with the early stages of his training! We’ll be waiting on his next update which will be a report card from his Puppy Development Advisor.
Our guide dog Amber, has taken a slightly different journey in the Guide Dogs family and become a very special Buddy Dog!
Buddy dogs are chosen due to their kind and loving nature and are dogs that the charity feel would really change the life of a child living with sight loss. Buddy dogs are used to help the children gain confidence and encourage their development. Here’s our latest picture of the gorgeous Amber.
Cooper has started his official training on Monday 19th April and has settled into the training centre very well, he’s engaging well in the training sessions and is happy to go and have a rest on his bed afterwards. He loves a game of tug and has enjoyed running around in their fields. Cooper picks things up very quickly, he’s is particularly enjoying his platform training, which is where the trainers use a rectangular platform on the floor for the dog to ‘magnetise’ to, to utilise in getting them to go to various objectives in the future.
He’s also been working on ‘The Bucket Game’, which is a husbandry behaviour whereby the dog is able to communicate what they’re happy with and what they’d like the trainers to stop doing. Cooper has to focus on a bucket of food while various checks or medical treatments are being carried out. If he looks away at all, all handling stops and they wait for him to go back to looking at the bucket. This allows for a really clear two way communication between Cooper and his handler and helps to build confidence with veterinary checks and treatments.
Cooper catches everyone’s eye and is always being described as handsome, here’s the latest picture of the lovely Cooper settling into the training centre.