A new ambassador for Guide Dogs Tasmania has been revealed.
A friendly and curious three-year-old black Labrador named Paris has joined the not-for-profit’s team, and will help out by putting a face to the work that Guide Dogs Tasmania is doing.
Guide Dog services coordinator Kim Ryan said Paris had gone through the training program really well.
“She had a really good nature and good trainability, but she’s a little bit excited around other dogs,” she said.
“Just to protect her and to protect the client, we thought what else can she do to still help develop the program.”
Ms Ryan said Paris was a great asset to the team, because she was not only able to help raise awareness but could also help clients to “test drive” a Guide Dog.
“She’s going to be going to schools, community groups and everything in the North and the North-West,” she said.
“We’re increasing our puppy program, so we really want to get people out there aware of the program to sponsor a puppy, support us, and everything like that.”
Her appearance at the Launceston Disability Expo on Thursday marked her first day on the job.
Guide Dogs Tasmania community engagement officer Paul Wyld accompanied Paris on her first day at work.
“She’s a beautiful dog,” he said. “This is going to be a lot of fun, I think.”
Paris is the second Tasmanian Guide Dog ambassador, with Dexter the golden Labrador based in the state’s South.
Ms Ryan said there were six Tasmanians on the waitlist for Guide Dogs.
She said 14 puppies were being trained, with a further six arriving before the end of the year. About four dogs were also in training.
For those interested in becoming a puppy raiser, Guide Dogs Tasmania will hold a Launceston information session on October 15.
- For more information, head online to guidedogstas.com.au.