KONG toys work wonders at the Guide Dog Training Centre

Published on 13 Mar 2020

Topics: News

At The NAV | 365 People (TNP) we have a flair for helping others and a true love for dogs!
As avid animal lovers, The NAV People’s Charitable Trust thought it only right that we support a cause close to our hearts. We were pleased to raise enough funds for the Guide Dogs ‘Name a Puppy Scheme’, which meant we were able to sponsor a puppy through its journey to becoming a life-changing guide dog.

Helping millions of people in the UK

The Guide Dogs charity provides life-changing services to not only the 360,000 people in the UK who are registered blind or partially sighted, but also the two million people living with sight loss.
Soon after our guide dog puppy, Hope a cute little bundle of joy was born, her puppy walker Satch took the reins to get her ready for her life as a guide dog.

Hope visits TNP

When Hope was 10 months old, she came to the TNP office for a visit. To mark the occasion, we put on a huge bake and goodies sale, serving everything from Rocky Road to Guide Dog teddies. It was a great success and we were able to raise £354.36 for the charity. In addition to this, our customer KONG donated a huge bag of dog toys, which we were able to donate to the Guide Dog Training Centre.

Meeting Hope was an amazing experience, although excitable at first, you could see the foundations of her training. Being able to speak to her puppy walker helped us to understand the great work the guide dogs do. Satch, the puppy walker, has trained 8 guide dog pups to date and said it was the best ‘meet and greet’ he has done – it was an excellent day!
Hope is now 12 months old and is making good progress in training, although she can be a little mischievous. We’re looking forward to welcoming Hope in 6 months for her final visit before she becomes a fully-fledged guide dog.

You can learn more about the Guide Dog charity, the services they provide, and how you can help by clicking here.
 For more about KONG’s toys for both dogs and cats, click here.
Written by
Chereé O'Melia
Chereé O'Melia

Chereé is Engagement Manager at TNP. As a true lover of travel and a bit of a foodie, Chereé always tries to combine those two passions as much as possible. Her favourite dish of all time was a steak in Buenos Aires, which was so tender you could cut it with a spoon! She has two cats, Meeko and Rocket. As a very determined dog lover, she was dismayed when her husband brought two cats home one day. A few weeks later, they got under her feet on the stairs and she fell, breaking her foot. Over the 6-week recovery they won her heart by keeping her company each day and showering her with kitty cat cuddles!