Charity Guide Dogs welcomed their first pup of 2020 into the world, and have shared some adorable pictures of the tiny male puppy and his fellow life-changing siblings.

One of 1,200 new guide dog puppies expected to be born this year, the yellow labradoodle pup was born at 15:08 on 2 January at the home of a Guide Dogs volunteer in Hanbury, Warwickshire. The pup and his eight siblings were delivered safely by their mother, Emma, under the care of the volunteer.

In about eight weeks’ time, the pups will go to the homes of other volunteers, where they’ll learn and grow for the next 12-16 months. They will then begin training and continue their journey to becoming a fully qualified guide dog.

Brood Supervisor Tim Bloomfield said, “Being a part of the journey of a guide dog is so rewarding. Knowing that these pups are coming into the world to make such a huge difference to the lives of people living with sight loss makes it an incredible experience to be a part of.

“There are many stages to ensuring a guide dog pup becomes a fully qualified, working guide dog and our supporters and volunteers are essential in making this happen. We couldn’t do it without them!”

For more information or to sponsor a puppy, visit: guidedogs.org.uk/sponsor

Images courtesy of Guide Dogs

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