We held a very special celebration on Sunday 25thAugust; we celebrated the partnership of 5 Guide Dogs with their new owners.
The Graduation was the culmination of lots of effort, love, patience and training, from the puppy raisers, who have spent the first 12 months of their pups’ lives training our bundles of joy to be well socialised and well accepted members of society, to our trainers, who have bonded, worked and trained with these energetic young teenage dogs, to gently train them to become responsible, dependable guides. Our distinguished guests included the generous folk who sponsor our puppies and Guide Dogs, thus enabling us to provide our Guide Dog owners with Mobilty, Independence and Companionship.
The new Guide Dog partnerships are:
Hannes Jordaan, with his 4th Guide Dog, from Juskei Park, with Dougal
Daryn Sutton, first time Guide Dog owner fromKirstenhof, with Askii
AnetteKlaasee, first time Guide Dog owner fromBelville, with Willow
Joseph Glad, first time Guide Dog owner fromVanderbijlpark, with Zar
Diana Craig, with her 7th Guide Dog, from Kilner Park, with Zingara
The proceedings were opened by Gail Glover, Guide Dog Services Manager. Gail addressed the audience on Puppy Raising and the formal training of the Guide Dogs.
Leon Bunguza then spoke about Service and Social Dogs.
Guide Dog owner Diana Craig charmed and entertained the audience with her heart-warming anecdotes about her different Guide Dogs. Each with its own special, unique character and strengths. Diana is well accustomed to having Guide Dogs around her – both her parents were Guide Dog owners.
Pieter van Niekerk and Alson Maphosa from our Marketing Department presented awards to the following sponsors:
Miss Earth South AfricaFirst runner up, Miss Air, Erin Roche, Miss Earth South Africa Ambassadors, Carmen Loureiro and Nicole Laxton and Miss Earth South Africa Ashanti Mbanga,
Delia Jankelow, Project Zulik
Mrs J Loakes
Richard & Jacqui Sharod, Stratus Computer Technologies
Marelise Lombard, Maragon Private School
Ingrid de Bruyn
MarelizeDegenaar, Life Christian Adventure
Michiel van der Merwe
Chris & Olga Dey
Corne Taljaard, on behalf of an Anonymous sponsor
Malcolm Driver, SAGA Executive Director, formally handed over the Guide Dog Harness to the new owners.
Anette and Willow
Diana & Zingara
Joseph & Zar
Hannes & Dougal
Each Guide Dog owner was presented with a bag of Bob Martin dog food, Bob Martin are generous sponsors of the Association
We then concluded with a delicious tea, a kennel tour, and photos with the ever popular Guide Dog Owners and their families and guests, their wonderful dogs, the sponsors and their guests, and the very beautiful and charming ladies from Miss Earth South Africa 2013.