Julian and Vashti Do you have any advice for people interested in becoming a Puppy Raiser?
I think most people have the idea that it isn’t meant for them, that you need to be retired, or work from home, and just never actually consider that they could be part of it. Depending on your job you totally can! It just takes the right environment at work and an office where everyone wants to help out. I wouldn’t be able to do it at all if I didn’t have my coworkers! They love her as much as I do.
I was petrified when I first signed up as I figured I was the exact wrong kind of person to raise a pup – I work full time, I never drove my car and I love hitting the pubs on weekends. But once my workplace was happy to have her, it’s been fun ever since. And I still go to pubs, but having her means I at least get home at a reasonable time!
My advice for people interested, or even those not interested is to give it some thought – a yes from your boss, a car, and a desire to help shape a little life is all it takes. Especially those considering getting a forever dog. Spend a year with a special little pup and help it become a special big pup for someone else. The amount you learn just from training them in the basics is more than enough to help you with your forever dog next year. I don’t think having a regular dog will ever be as rewarding as raising a pup to become a Guide Dog.