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Sneak peek at the 2017 Calendar

Fifteen Guide Dogs in training took over Araluen Botanic Park for the 2017 Calendar Photoshoot—some braving the brisk, early morning for a 6:30am start! Kicking off the day in the early slot were the youngest recruits: Nina, Murphy and Ally.

Photographer Frances Andrijich and her team captured the gentleman, Murphy, taking his time to stop and smell the roses. The sensitive snaps made for some beautiful photos of this young pup.

Della took a stroll by the lakeside, and the little superstar wasn’t bothered one bit by the noisy waterfall or the fish in the pond. Once Puppy Raising Supervisor, Josh Crawford, had shown her how to strut her stuff, she happily complied and quite enjoyed herself!

Sweetheart Honey looked quite at home beside a magical little door (to where? Nobody knows!) and the energetic Poppy braved crossing a creek that saw Josh balancing precariously with her.

Poppy, a puppy-in-training poses in the creek

Guide Dog in training Poppy poses in the creek

Notorious su-PAW-model Annie had photographer Frances marvelling at her unrivalled love for the camera. Annie had more photos taken, in more poses, than any other dog of the day. Nice one, Annie!

Rounding off the day was the long-legged beauty Molly, posing beautifully by a duck pond and looking lovely in the dying dusk light.

It was a high-energy, fun-filled day for all involved, and Josh enjoyed his first calendar shoot experience:

“It’s a beautiful location out at Araluen, and I just love the playful and responsive demeanour of all the dogs—they’re incredible to work with, and it made me so proud.” – Josh Crawford, Puppy Raising Supervisor.

We’d like to thank Araluen Botanic Park, the talented Frances Andrijich and her team, as well as all of the Puppy Raisers who came down and made the day so successful.

2017 Coles Guide Dogs WA Calendar cover with black labrador Guide Dog in training, Bailey, laying in a bed of pink flower petals

Cover-dog Bailey was sponsored by by Coles, and this year, we’re excited to have partnered with Coles in WA to bring you the 2017 Calendar for just $8 a pop. They’ll be available from all Coles stores across WA from 26 October, or you can pop into our centre in Victoria Park and pick one up!

In the meantime, here’s a quick behind-the-scenes “dog’s eye view” of the day!

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