Introduction

Teddy the Trainee Guide Dog. Close up head shot of Teddy, Golden Retriver, wearing his brown training harness with yellow hi-viz Guide Dogs chest band. Looking slightly to the left of the shot

Hello

Hello. I would like to introduce myself: I am Teddy the Guide Dog. I am a 2-year-old Golden Retriever.

I qualified to look after my Ma (Tracey Clarke) on Wednesday 6 March 2019 after 29 days of intensive training in and around Rugby. Well…. I knew what I was doing but I had to train Ma to obey my guidance! Ma’s lookers don’t look to well for her. She has what she calls a pinhole of vision in one looker only. In light-times this pinhole is sometimes not too bad, but other times it is all blurry and no good. In darktimes, when the glowball in the sky has gone to sleep, she can’t see anything at all. So I have to be on my paws and ready to look after her especially well at those times.

Now that training is finished and Ma and I are a fully qualified Guide Dog Partnership, I have moved in to live aboard a chuggyboat; Narrowboat Sola Gratia, with Ma and Pa (Tim). Pa is the bosshooman, aka The Captain. We are ‘of no fixed abode’. We chug about all over the long puddles that link up to form what the hoomans call the Inland Waterways of England and Wales.