In today's episode Susan talks again to Eileen Brereton, this time about how she became involved with Guide Dogs and about being a puppy walker for the Guide Dog association. The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association is a British charitable organisation founded in 1934. Guide Dogs helps blind and partially sighted people across the UK through the provision of guide dogs, mobility and other rehabilitation services.
Eileen is the coordinator for the Dales and District Fundraising group for Guide dogs but she began by starting as a puppy walker and guide dog foster carer. The first dog she took on was Kelly, who arrived at the age of six weeks and stayed with her to be socialised before moving on to be trained as a guide dog at approx 14 months. Kelly could always find M & S for her handler and another dog we talked about was an expert at sourcing out Costa coffee shops. Eileen has socialised 6 dogs so far but doesn't have one at the moment.