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Different training

November 2021

My usual training – prone-board and biking – has taken a back seat over the last few weeks, for a different sort of training.
As many of you know, we lost our wonderful dog Stumpy earlier this year. Since she joined us in 2007, Stumpy had been my “unofficial” guide dog, taking me into town, on buses, trains, etc. (She even took on the role as Commander Stumpy looking out for sharks and icebergs on the front of my SUP.) Over the last few years, as she got older, our “guide” walks became fewer. It was only then that I realised just how much I relied on her.
A few weeks after she passed, I contacted Guide Dogs, and in the middle of October, they matched me up with Molly.
Since getting together, we have been doing a lot of training, and she has been a total star.
Today Molly qualified as an “official” guide dog, and I’d like to take this opportunity to introduce her to you.
She’s been out for a wee bike ride, and seemed to enjoy it, but it looks like the “water” training may take a little longer.
Although we miss Stumpy terribly, we are overjoyed to welcome Molly into our family.
Stumpy won’t be forgotten though, and I have a wee plan to help keep her name alive. More info will follow in the next few weeks, and I hope that you may be able to help me with this.


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