TV duo Ant and Dec have had two Guide Dogs puppies named after them as part of this year’s Guide Dogs Appeal, Pups to Partnerships – which follows the journey of seven puppies as they progress to become life-changing guide dogs.
An adorable Yellow Labrador puppy has been named after Ant while a playful Golden Retriever has been named Dec. The much-loved pair met up with their canine namesakes recently for play and cuddles.
Speaking of their support, Ant says, “We’re so proud to be part of the Pups to Partnerships campaign; not only do we get to meet these adorable puppies but we also get to hear about the great work that Guide Dogs does.”
Dec adds, “These puppies will go on to change lives and give two people living with sight loss the independence and freedom we take for granted; we can’t wait to see how these puppies progress.”
Puppies Ant and Dec are currently living with their Puppy Walkers – volunteers who act as canine foster carers for guide dog pups between the ages of seven weeks and 14 months. The charity will be sharing the pup’s progress throughout October.
Ann Bradford, Puppy Walker for puppy Dec says, “Being a puppy walker is about so much more than walking the puppy, although this is a particularly enjoyable part of the job! It is incredible to be able to give a puppy its first sense of home, nurture its character and help to develop its skills, all the while knowing it will go on to change a life.”
More than two million people are estimated to be living with sight loss in the UK today. It is predicted that by 2050, this number will double to over four million. The top three causes of sight loss in the registered visually impaired population are, according to Guide Dogs:
- Age related macular degeneration (47%)
- Glaucoma (16%)
- Cataracts (12%)1
The Guide Dogs Pups to Partnerships Appeal is taking place from the 1st to the 31st October 2019. During the month-long campaign, the charity aims to raise £420,000 to fund the life-long journey of 7 puppies, who will become life-changing partners to people in the UK living with sight loss. For more information on how to get involved, visit www.guidedogs.org.uk/appeal or call 03451 430 192.
Images by Christopher Ison