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Blog by Seeing Dog newbie, Rosa

Posted: September 20th, 2021

Hello, my name is Rosa – ‘Rosie’ for short to my friends. I am the new Seeing Dogs trainee and I am 10 weeks old. Let me tell you about myself. I’m a bit of a mix as my Mum is a Golden Retriever and Dad is a Labrador. I think I have taken after

Seeing Dog etiquette – 5 things to remember

Posted: September 10th, 2021

The UK is a nation of pet lovers. In the UK, it’s estimated that 12 million (44 percent of) households have pets, with around 51 million pets owned, according to estimated figures from the Pet Food Manufacturers’ Association (PFMA). So, when we see a Seeing Dog in a public place like a coffee shop, a


Posted: September 9th, 2021

It is often said that troubles come in threes. Well, it’s true – at least, it was for me back in the spring. Census time was approaching and the Government had provided a helpline for those like me who cannot manage digital or paper to complete the census over the phone. What a good idea,

What people really think and say about Seeing Dogs, by Neil Ewart

Posted: September 2nd, 2021

I finally retired from Guide Dogs over a decade ago. By then changes were in my opinion getting out of control at GDBA and it was evident there was no place for me from the “old school” in the new organisation. I had heard of another organisation in existence called The Seeing Dogs Alliance training

Why sighted and visually impaired people need to address access refusal, should they encounter it

Posted: August 22nd, 2021

If you were shocked and disappointed by the story that made national headlines this month about a blind woman who was left shocked and humiliated after two Leicester Square restaurants would not allow her and her family to eat there with their guide dogs. Whilst both restaurants responded to the distressing situation, this is an

Why volunteering does good and feels good, by Esther Porta, Seeing Dogs Volunteer

Posted: August 17th, 2021

  As a PR consultant for over 26 years, my work often involves working long hours with international high-profile brands and media to address complicated issues, often demanding fast-turnaround, precision, accuracy and, always, sensitivity and understanding. However, I have been involved in volunteering for years now, and there’s always a way of making time for

Neil Ewart has been a Trustee for Seeing Dogs for since 2010. Here, he shares why his passion for Seeing Dogs is here to stay – and why Seeing Dogs needs you!

Posted: August 4th, 2021

What do I most enjoy about being a Seeing Dogs Trustee? It’s about the people – and dogs, of course! The users, trainers, dog breeders, puppy walkers and everyone we work with to support! Over a decade ago I retired from Guide Dogs for The Blind after spending decades training dogs and their eventual owners,

How things first began, by Gill Sheppard, Chairman, Seeing Dogs

Posted: July 26th, 2021

Readers of a certain age may remember a BBC Schools’ broadcast of that name. But we are not going back into prehistory, just to the final years of the last century! At that time, several committee members of the Circle of Guide Dog Owners (COGDO) were becoming increasingly dissatisfied with how the guide dog movement

Dogs’ sixth sense? by Seeing Dogs’ Trustee, Neil Eward

Posted: July 21st, 2021

I tuned in to a local radio station the other day and they were holding a phone-in discussing whether dogs and other animals see ghosts! It was actually quite interesting and, unusually, most of calls were quite sensible. Opinions were, naturally, varied.  Most of those who said it was rubbish also stated they did not

In Defence of Dogs, by Neil Ewart

Posted: July 21st, 2021

Shortly after the American Civil War the owner of a dog took a third party to Johnson County Court in America. A suit for damages for the killing of another person’s dog was the charge. The owner denied his dog was aggressive, but some evidence showed that the defendant had shot the dog in malice,

The worrying rise in dog theft, by Neil Ewart

Posted: July 19th, 2021

The theft of dogs has been in the news a lot recently. It is nothing new, but since the start of the pandemic, there has been a worrying increase.  As the crisis dies down, unfortunately, I see no reason why this despicable crime will disappear. Dogs are stolen for money!  Either they are being sold