Celebrating the 2020 Guide Dog Graduation!
On Thursday 3 December 2020, five Guide Dogs and their handlers graduated at a Guide Dog Graduation Ceremony.
The graduation ceremony celebrated the unique and special partnerships of Annalise and Guide Dog Alfie, Michael and Guide Dog Cheezel, Jacqui and Guide Dog Della, Wayne and Guide Dog Peter, Serge and Guide Dog Winston and acknowledged the hard work and dedication that has gone into the training of these extraordinary dogs.
Graduating Guide Dogs Alfie, Cheezel, Della, Peter and Winston were joined at the ceremony by their handlers, Guide Dogs WA volunteers, donors, sponsors, Puppy Raisers and Boarders who have all contributed to the two year training journey of each Guide Dog.
It takes a village to raise and train a Guide Dog!
At Guide Dogs WA we say it takes a village to raise and train a Guide Dog and this was very evident when the graduating Guide Dogs were reunited with their Puppy Raisers, Boarders and Sponsors. Our clients get to meet all those involved in their dog’s training years, and swap stories about the life changing effect of these very special Guide Dogs.
[Video description: Montage of five graduating Guide Dogs with their Handlers, Puppy Raisers, Borders, Sponsors and Trainers, in the gardens and the theatre at Wesley College. Speeches by Anna, Guide Dog Services Manager and Wayne, Handler and graduate.]
It takes a about two years and costs over $50,000 to train a Guide Dog like Cheezel, Della, Winston, Peter or Alfie. Guide Dogs WA is reliant on the support of the community to fund the Guide Dog training program. You can help support the training program and make a donation here.
Every dog trained at Guide Dogs WA will change a Western Australian’s life and these five dogs have all bought so much joy, freedom and companionship to their handler’s lives.