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Plea for puppy walkers.

Huddersfield dog lovers are being urged to help Guide Dogs for the Blind by becoming `puppy walkers'.

The Guide Dogs for the Blind Association charity wants volunteers to home, care for and educate the puppies for about a year from six weeks of age.

The volunteers will have to prepare the puppies for specialised guide dog training.

This involves teaching them basic obedience and getting them used to a home environment, the noise and bustle of towns and public transport.

Shirley Cohen, from Guide Dogs for the Blind, said: "If we don't have puppy walkers, we don't have guide dogs.

"Puppy walking is challenging and it is a commitment. But our volunteers find it extremely rewarding and worthwhile."

Guide Dogs for the Blind supplies basic equipment and covers all vets' and feeding expenses for the puppy.

To become a puppy walker, volunteers need to have access to a car and have to be home for most of the day.

They also need a securely fenced yard or garden.

For more information on becoming a puppy walker, phone Shirley Cohen on 0113 2844 224 or 07990 540 228.
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Publication:Huddersfield Daily Examiner (Huddersfield, England)
Date:Jul 21, 2004
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