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(Updated 17/6/01)

Guide Dogs offer puppy love

IT WAS larger than life puppy love for Rebecca Gapes from Ilford when she met the best-groomed guide dogs at Crufts.

The larger-than-life pups costume characters were meeting youngsters to bark about The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association’s children’s Pups Club.

Prince, Penny, Pippa, Paddy and Peds offered a tail wagging welcome to everyone visiting the charity’s exciting exhibition stand, with its interactive games and information displays.

The stand was also packed with real guide dogs, puppies and some rare breeds, including a giant Leonberger.

Children can follow in the steps of pop stars Atomic Kitten who recently joined Guide Dogs’ Pups Club. The latest edition of the popular Pups magazine includes an opportunity to win a compact disc of the chart topping girl band. Atomic Kitten are the latest celebrities to appear in Pups, with previous guest appearances made by ‘H’ from Steps and Stephen Gately.

For £9.95 a year, members of Pups Club receive copies of the Pups magazine four times a year, as well as a Pups passport, a ‘credit card’ style membership card, pen, notebook and a Pups postcard of the cutest dog imaginable.
Anyone wanting more information about Guide Dogs, or how to join Pups Club should phone 0870 600 23 23 or log on to the website