You’re probably looking at me right now and thinking…
“Oh, she’s just so cute! Look at her gorgeous little face!” and other mushy stuff like that.
And you’d be right…. Because I am cute. And gorgeous. Plus, I’ve got these adorable chocolate brown eyes. Truth is, I’m totally loveable.
My name is Ruby and I was borned on the 40th Anniversary of Irish Guide Dogs. My Mam told me I’m extra special because of this, and she expects me to be the best Guide Dog ever!
I heard about these Guide Dogs. They’re big, proud, brave and they spend all their time “being the eyes” of a person who can’t see very well… helping them do people-stuff and go people-places. And the thing I want most in the world… the thing I dream of… is to grow up to be a heroic Guide Dog just like them.
But yesterday my Mam told me I won’t be able to do it on my own! She said I’d need the help of someone like you!
“Who the what now?!” I said, with my head cocked slightly to one side.
And she said “Ruby, people who are blind or vision impaired need special Guide Dogs – but every pup like you who dreams of being a Guide Dog hero needs a special type of human”.
And I said, “What, to be like … my puppy pamperer?”
But she nipped my ear and said – “No silly! To be your Puppy Sponsor”.
“Wow!” I said. “A puppy sponsor! What’s one of those then? And Mam told me that a Puppy Sponsor is someone kind and loving who will help my dreams come true. A special type of human who will help me grow up to be an awesome superhero Guide Dog!
Well, as you can probably imagine, I was yapping and hopping about all over the place after that. I chased my tail so hard I nearly caught it! Then my head went all fuzzy and I had to lie down for a bit.
When everything stopped spinning and my tongue finished flopping around outside my mouth from all the panting, I said “Mam! I’ve just got to get one of those Puppy Sponsor People! Please tell me how to find one!”
And she said, “Why don’t you send a message to someone who loves puppies?”
And so here it is… my special message to you. I’m writing this from my foster home in West Cork, where I live with two nice humans who are teaching me things like “potty training” and “sitting” and “heeling” and other strange things like that. And they also have a reaaaaly big Huskie dog! He’s really fluffy and he calls me “little sister”. He’s basically my bodyguard.
I will send you my puppy diary soon, watch this space!
Love and Licks
PS. Check out the PAW by Paw Guide down there to learn about the benefits of being a Puppy Pal.
PPS. Check out the FAQ too if you've any questions!