Jeanette Has being a Puppy Raiser created any other positive experiences for you?
Absolutely! I initially started out as a Puppy Raiser and approximately two years later I was asked if I’d like to contribute to Guide Dogs Victoria in a different way. I joined a group of volunteers driving clients and their Guide Dogs to various appointments. Then, around 14 years ago, I became a puppy deliverer to first time puppy raisers: this brought me into the world of puppy nurturing. This is just one of the many jobs you could hope to be involved in at GDV.
About 10 years ago myself and another puppy raiser were employed by Guide Dogs Victoria to help raise donations and make the public more aware of our wonderful dogs. We would go out to a large shopping centre once a month with pups in the puppy raising program—only once they were ready of course—and spread the word about Guide Dogs and the many services they provide. It was a great experience, not only for the dogs, but for the puppy raisers as well and, of course, the public loved us.
I still volunteer every Tuesday in the admin area now under Wendy Woods’ supervision where we have a ‘hoot’ of a time while we tackle many types of tasks. The company is wonderful and a great environment for my pups to learn how to settle for quite a few hours.
I have been fortunate to form long lasting friendships with a couple of volunteers, which have enabled us to travel overseas and experience some wonderful holidays together.