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Hundreds of guide dog puppies and a gulf war hero

from left - Charlie Stocks, Bridget Warr (Guide Dogs' Chief Executive), John Nichol, former RAF Gulf War prisoner of war, and Katie Stocks, with guide dog puppies Dana and Wheat. They met at The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association's National Puppy Walkers’ Day in Warwickshire

HUNDREDS OF cute Guide Dogs' puppies teamed-up with former RAF Gulf War prisoner of war, John Nichol at the charity's National Puppy Walkers' Day in Tollgate, Warwickshire on Saturday, 3 July.

The former RAF Navigator, now an author and broadcaster, officially opened the event at The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association's national breeding centre at Tollgate House in Bishops Tachbrook, Leamington Spa, Warwickshire.

John explains: ‘After flying Tornadoes in a number of world trouble-spots, it is really refreshing to see the cuter side of life, surrounded by guide dog puppies. Guide Dogs has transformed the freedom and independence of many blind and partially sighted people, and I'm delighted to open this event - acknowledging the fantastic work of volunteer puppy walkers.’

Neil Ewart, Guide Dogs' National Puppy Day co-ordinator, says: ‘We are really grateful to the volunteers who so enthusiastically help to breed and train future generations of guide dogs. Wanting to acknowledge and celebrate their work, we aim to make this national day a memorable occasion for our loyal supporters.’

OUR DOGS’ Chief Reporter Nick Mays and columnist Robert Killick were also on hand as guest judges, casting their eyes over Stud Dogs and Junior Handlers respectively, whilst MD Vince Hogan manned the OUR DOGS sales table and got around with his camera. Robert and Nick observed that it really wasn’t like work at all, but extremely good fun (but don’t tell the boss!).

A full photo-report of the show appears in next week’s issue.
See also Killick’s column this week.