A guide dog has been named after a Moorlands woman who passed away at the age of 78. Kath, a Labrador which is currently being trained to be a Guide Dog for the Blind, was named after Kath Jones who lived in Kingsley. The pooch has been named after Kath, following great fundraising efforts for the charity by Kath's family since she passed away three years ago.
A guide dog has been named after a Moorlands woman who passed away at the age of 78.
Kath, a Labrador which is currently being trained to be a Guide Dog for the Blind, was named after Kath Jones who lived in Kingsley.
The pooch has been named after Kath, following great fundraising efforts for the charity by Kath’s family since she passed away three years ago.
Here, Debbie and Nick Jones, explain further how Guide Dog Kath came to have their late mother’s name:
“The aim was to raise £5,000 which would pay for a Guide Dog Puppy’s first 12 months of food and veterinary needs.
“It also meant that we could name the puppy after Kath.
“The rest of the money was raised by having a ‘Guide Dog car boot stall’ with our good friend Ann Moorhouse (who is a Guide Dog Volunteer), every Sunday at the car boot sale on Sainsbury’s car park in Leek.
“On March 25, 2019 a yellow Labrador was born and was named ‘Kath’. We received a photograph and a copy of her birth certificate, along with ‘Pupdates’ on her progress.
“At the end of February 2020, (just before Lockdown) we were able to meet Kath along with her puppy walkers (who look after the puppies voluntarily until they are old enough to leave and continue their training).
“With her puppy walkers, Kath has learnt all the basics, such as going on public transport, going to the shops and cafes etc.
“She is an adorable girl, who is progressing very well on her wonderful journey to become someone’s independence.
“Kath will eventually be partnered with a person who is fitted to her temperament.
“It’s a very selective process, making sure that the dog and partner are well matched. She may be a city dog, going to work with someone, or a country dog handled by someone with a more sedate way of life. Only time will tell.
“It’s a very fitting memorial to mum’s memory, that a Guide Dog bearing her name, will shortly be escorting a visually impaired person to lead an independent life until Kath retires around ten years of age.
“On retirement, Guide Dogs sometimes live with the person as a pet or goes back to live with their puppy walker. Good Luck Kath.”
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