Pup on the way to becoming a Guide Dog thanks to Tameside company

A TAMESIDE oven cleaning company is showing a spotless way of helping people by supporting a Guide Dogs pup through its extensive training programme.

Pat Kelly, of Ovenu Tameside, is supporting Ralph as he looks to one day graduates to being assigned to a visually impaired person.

Pat Kelly. PIC BY STEWART TURKINGTON

Now aged 12 months, the animal is spending time with Puppy Raisers before he is considered for full Guide Dog training.

So far Ralph is settling in well and is described as ‘sweet and charming.’ His latest report card says he’s brilliant at boarding public transport and is confident in busy environments, while his food manners are ‘almost there.’

And Pat believes it is the least he can do, saying: “Guide Dogs is a fantastic charity and I’m pleased to be able to give something back by supporting its life changing work.

“These dogs provide those with sight loss greater mobility, independence, social interaction – as well as companionship.

 “It’s also a way of saying a huge thank you to my clients who, without their continued support, I wouldn’t be in a position to sponsor this adorable pup!”

Ralph, a yellow Golden Retriever/Labrador cross, replaces black Lab Selsey, which Ovenu franchisees previously sponsored.

Although excelling in training, Selsey developed a slight weakness in one hip which meant she was unable to become a working Guide Dog.

Despite the setback, Pat is continuing to support the charity.

Guide Dogs’ CEO Andrew Lennox said: “It costs approximately £56,000 to support each guide dog through from birth to retirement, and without all the contributions of our donors and the efforts of our fundraisers we would not be able to do what we do.”

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