Wednesday, May 03, 2006

Its A Dog's Life

On Sunday at the Dutch Festival I actually left a bit early to go to another event that was happening in Kew. Its the Guide Dogs Victoria's annual Open Day and its open to anyone who might want to know about guide dogs or even anything to do with dogs.

As with every year the event was a sell-out and there were cars everywhere trying to get a park closer to the entrance. No chance but there were plenty of car parking at neighbouring premises and free shuttle buses to bring you to the centre and back again. I opted for that option.

Guide Dogs Victoria's objective is to raise awareness of what it takes to train a guide dog for a vision impaired person and to raise money to keep the program going. Much is need to train these dogs and they rely heavily on donations and charities.

The puppies were bred here at the centre and adopted out to good families before they return for their full trainings. Labrador puppies are best suited for guide dogs like this sooooo cute little doggiee..!

This is a mature greyhound that was also part of the day's event to promote some kind of greyhound adoption program or something I don't quite understand coz I wasn't paying attention, too busy trying to capture a good shot of the dog..lucky the handler helped by distracting it.

Here's another labrador puppy who will start its socialisation program in the loving home of a volunteer family when its 7 weeks old. During the year it will learn basic obedience and be gradually introduced to a range of sights and sounds to fit it for its future role.

They had a Guide Dog Training Demonstration where they show how the pups were taught to learn the things in their surroundings and how to deal with such obstructions like ignoring a kid's toy by the side of the road and not to leave mess everywhere in the general public.

They are also trained to solve a multitude of problems they might encounter out in the community like how not to get distracted by people paying attention on them and even how to lead the owner away from potential dangers.

This is a short hair Retriever I think, bit like Che-cheh's Chester! Here it demonstrates its ability to manoeuver around obstacles. Wish some of the kids I see at the shopping centres would be as well behaved and clever like this dog here!

Let's give a big round of applauds to the trainers and the guide dogs! After the intensive trainings at the centre these wonderful guide dogs will graduate and be matched with a blind or vision impaired person to form a loving team that will last up to 10 years.

Next we have the dog obedience demonstration by the Croydon Dog Obedience School. The demonstration is done by its members and their dogs. The school actually trains both the owner and the dog so as to create a closer bond between the two.

All these dogs are trained to behave and not go off sniffing other dog's behind like what dogs usually do when they meet! They aren't allow to do anything unless told by the owners to do so but during the demonstration a lot of tricks didn't go according to plans! LOL! But they were mainly a well behaved bunch. And the dogs too! Hehe..

They had this trick where they get the big dogs to line up in a row and get the little Jack Russell to run underneath them like going through a tunnel. Good dogs! And if we can get the owners to do the same...


3 cheers for the doggies! I used to have dogs for pets when I was little but we never had so much trouble like nowadays where you are supposed to send them to training school and spend heaps of money taking care of their health, etc, etc...I think I'll just stick to goldfish.

27 comments:

Stargazer said...

AIYOOO...so cute!!! *squeezes adorable puppies*

robin said...

I so prefer cats..
meow !!

Neo said...

Show us some goldfish :)
Got goldfish obedience lesson?

Cocka Doodle said...

Wah!! If Ah pek see all these dogs, he'll come with claypot!

Why don't blind ppl bungee jump?
Ans: because it scare the shit out of their guide dogs.


Ok...ok bad joke, bad joke....i know.

Wuching said...

stargazer: u want 1?

robin: damn the cats! they're selfish, unloyal, snobbish & shits stink like worst smell in the world!

neo: all i can teach my goldfish is where to get their food, that's about as intelligent as they get.

cocka: ahpek brings claypot, lilian brings recipe but u have to kill, skin, clean & chop the meats! & i'll come to eat, who wants to bring beer & oh kau?

suituapui said...

Eee...dog eaters! Yucks! But anyhow, wuching, good choice! Just stick to goldfish! Thay don't turn on u and attack u! I think dogs are like women! They're cute, loyal, protective...only if u treat them nice. Step on the tail and they'll turn round and bite u! As they say, "Hell knows not the fury of a woman scroned!" Huh! Did I stir a hornet's nest there?

Che-Cheh said...

Ohhh so cuteeeee...

Dog is the best pet in the world. Hehehe...
btw I train Chester myself. :D

Wuching said...

STP: oh u r so getting diss by the other sex! remember laksa's last posts? hehehe

che-cheh: did u train chester to wash his paws after using the toilet? HEHE

Simple American said...

Hi Wuching. Just wanted to say thanks for visiting my blog.

I wonder if the greyhound was part of a program they have in the states. They adopt dogs that were trained for dog racing. But became too old or slow and they just want to find them a nice home.

I'm with you though. I had dogs as a boy, but my fish are so much easier to take care of.

Che-Cheh said...

Nope but I train him to stand still while I wash his paws and 'kuku'. wuahahahaaha

suituapui said...

Things were so much simpler in the past. They took care of the house, ate the leftovers, bathed using laundry soap...but today, they eat special food, use expensive shampoo and they have to be pampered!!! The Chinese know how best to treat them...;they just eat them! Hey...am I talking about dogs??? Ha ha ha ha ha!

FH2O said...

Woof! woof!
Thank You!
;)

Ah Pek said...

cocka is right!!! wooweee..nice , fat and tender.. perfect for the claypot!!!

Wuching said...

simple american: thankz for ur comment but even i find the fish too troublesome nowadays especially with cleaning the tank & changing water!

che-cheh: u wash his kuku?! OMG! does it aouse him? oo..yuk! forget i ask!

STP: nowadays they cost more to keep than children!

fh2o: woof woof right back @ u! ;)

ah pek: aiyo..don't lah! there's lots of animals to eat, spare the dogs liao!

suituapui said...

Women? More than children? Definitely! Ha ha ha ha ha!

Che-Cheh said...

Sometimes I wash but i wipe it everyday..bwahahahahaha dirty ma

That I can't answer you. :p

Wuching said...

STP: i meant dogs lah! women..that's what u think all day issit?

che-cheh: eww..che-cheh likes to play with chester's kuku!

killuminati said...

amazing...very well trained dogs. i'm more of a cat person but the dogs look cute as well.

Che-Cheh said...

Ohhhh Wuching 'fitnah me'!!!

Wuching said...

killuminati: damn the cats! they're selfish, unloyal, snobbish & shits stink like worst smell in the world! hehe

che-cheh: what's 'fitnah me'?

Helen said...

OMG!!!! If I'm there, I'll definitely go crazy!! I wanna take all of them home. Look at those sad eyes!!!! They are like asking me to take them home..... aiyoh.... wish I was there!

Labs are such sweetheart but not much of a guard dog eh? lol WC, u got dogs or not????

Wuching said...

helen: didn't know u were such a dog person, u have a dog? i don't have one lah, too much trouble..goldfish ok lah!

Alex said...

omg u shud haf told me this mate.. mag'd have looooved this!!

Wuching said...

alex: eh, sorry man! didn't know ur into dogs!

Helen said...

I have 6 dogs in my house.

Che-Cheh said...

fitnah is false tale

Wuching said...

helen: don't let ah pek come to ur house

che-cheh: nolah, no fitnah..honest