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I'm getting a puppy <squeeeeeeeeeeeeeeeee>

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Maryz Tue 08-Dec-15 15:28:01

Well, before you all eat me, I'm not actually getting my own puppy.

I'm starting as a puppy walker for The Guide Dogs Association. I put my name down and was interviewed ages ago, and just got a phone call saying it will be arriving tomorrow afternoon shock - seemingly someone pulled out so I've been bumped up the list.

So what can I justify buying do I need? Puppy comes with food/crate/bedding etc, but I can buy toys.

And has anyone else done this?

I've namechanged btw, because that way I can post photos without completely outing myself.

Huntthepigsear Tue 08-Dec-15 16:07:57

Congratulations, sounds fab. I know someone else who does this and she loves it, although struggles a bit when they have to go.
I think lots of toys and chewy things are definitely needed.
Er, not sure you have name changed, though? grin

Wolfiefan Tue 08-Dec-15 16:11:15

Um I don't think you did name change did you!!!!
Squeeeeee. So exciting. We do want pictures. Does MN get to help name puppy?!?!?! Can it be a MN guide Dog? Well this morning have one!!!!!

SurelyYoureJokingMrFeynman Tue 08-Dec-15 16:12:12

UCM, is that you?

PacificDogwod Tue 08-Dec-15 16:14:37

You have so not name changed grin

Congratulations!! grin
You sound all new mummy excited….

There's a woman in our village who does the puppy socialisation thing for Guide Dogs for the Blind and for at least 2 years she used to confuse me terribly because she was always with a forever-young puppy but it was different colours… blush

Wolfiefan Tue 08-Dec-15 16:15:14

Pacific that's great! grin

ALemonyPea Tue 08-Dec-15 16:16:12

You could call it Maryz after a fantastic MN poster who has nothing to do with you Op grin

Maryz Tue 08-Dec-15 17:09:56

Youse can all fuck off, you clever clogs. Just shows why I never namechange, I can't!

And yes, I'm very excited. gringringrin

Nearly excited enough to go on my phone and try out all the new emojis. But not quite.

I don't know if I can name him/her - in fact I don't even know if it's a him/her yet. I've just told ds that he has to clear all his shit off the floor before it gets chewed. And I haven't told dh yet [wibble]

SconeForAStroll Tue 08-Dec-15 17:40:09

Yay! Puppies are lovely. but rather nibbly

And I am extremely impressed by your undercover name change fwink

Arthur is now 15 weeks old and so far has only shown a liking for my clothing and footwear. Which would be fine, but I am a bit of a slattern, and the sight of a puppy running through the house looking extremely delighted that he has managed to liberate one of my bras from the washing, is rather embarrassing.

especially as he did it in front of the window cleaner the other day

WankingInTheWinterWonderland Tue 08-Dec-15 17:41:56

Puppies are great!! grin

Love the NC.

I actually for a second thought "the OP has somehow taken Maryz's name!"

<not the sharpest tool>

Maryz Tue 08-Dec-15 18:47:58

Awwww Scone envy

I have changed my mind on the "edit own post" button, I'd now like one.

This pup is 15 weeks apparently, lab/retriever cross so I don't know how fluffy. I will post pictures. I will not, however, be calling it Mary!

Is there anyone on the DH who has done guide puppy walking, I wonder? If there are shoo them over here will you, I wouldn't mind picking brains.

CakeMountain Tue 08-Dec-15 23:26:43

Awww - I thought about doing this too - wasn't sure if I would be too wimpy to hand them back at the end. Well done you smile. I spoke to someone at a Guide Dog stand at an event and the walker had been invited to the eventual blind person's birthday party - all his family and friends said he had saved the guy's life as he had been suicidal before he was able to get out.

Good luck flowers[bones]

DramaAlpaca Tue 08-Dec-15 23:34:59

Ooh how exciting! What will the kittens think??

I know someone who's done this for years. I don't know how she ever lets them go when it's time, though.

At 15 weeks pup will chew everything, so lots of chew toys required.

Great namechange, btw grin

SconeForAStroll Wed 09-Dec-15 07:21:05

<outs self with style>

I live just down the road from the Guide Dog National Breeding Centre. I am hoping to become a brood bitch holder as soon as Arthur is old enough to neuter. (We were within a gnats whisker before SconeDog died, and I needed another dog of my own first).

I believe that Puppy Walkers are given the next puppy about six weeks before the old one leaves so that there is no gap.

I can heartily recommend antlers, frozen carrots and cardboard boxes for the chewing stage!

laundryeverywhere Wed 09-Dec-15 07:27:51

That's nice, will be interested to hear how you get on. I expect they will give you lots of advice on training and everything. Good luck and I hope you still post some pictures, even though you didn't NC grin

wannaBe Wed 09-Dec-15 07:49:58

Not a puppywalker but i am a guide dog owner if that helps. :-) The first thing I would want to know is where he has been for the past seven weeks. Puppies are usually placed at around seven/eight weeks, so fifteen weeks is quite late - I would want to know if a previous placement had broken down and if so why.

Other than that, are you on fb? if so there is a useful group on there where many puppywalkers, guide dog owners etc hang out which is a very useful resource. I can pm you the details if you like.

WRT names. he will come pre-named. Each guide dog litter is assigned a letter of the alphabet and all the puppies in that litter are named accordingly, with the exception of sponsored puppies where the sponsor has raised more than £5000 in which case they can choose the name. Our greatest fear as guide dog owners is that the name will be awful and someone will have to call it in the street. grin some of the sponsored names are particularly bad. grin I have been lucky to date. wink

PS: my dog will be retiring in probably around two years time - about the sort of time your pup will be matched, so who knows.......

Maryz Wed 09-Dec-15 09:23:40

Yes this is late, I'll pm you wannabe, there is a good reason.

I'm not on FB, but I think that is probably something I should do. I'm lucky there is a group very local to me with monthly training days and more frequent get togethers, and there are two other training places within a reasonable drive, so I think I'll aim to get to most of those for the first little while anyway.

I'm sure the pup will come with lots of instructions; I already have some information - including being told not to let it use shoes as chew toys, so the mound of shoes the kids leave in the hall will have to go, thankfully. In fact I'm hoping having a puppy will mean much less random crap left all over the house - teenagers seem to generate floor rubbish, cables, shoes, scrumcaps, hockey sticks, all would make great chew toys I'm sure.

In relation to names - it's a bit like adopting a child, isn't it? Hoping the name is one that will fit your "area" and friendship group, not having to yell something embarrassing across the playground for 18 years grin

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