Assistance dogs Australia is a national charity which trains Labradors and Golden Retrievers to help people with disabilities, providing them with greater freedom and independence.
These photos were taken at this years Sydney Graduation ceremony in Martin Place – where the pups were handed over from their ‘puppy raiser’ to their intended recipient 🙂
What a wonderful event it was. The fabulous Tim McCallum was the MC for the event and sang some beautiful songs that really tied the event together – there wasn’t a dry eye in the house – including mine…
Thanks for all you do Assistance Dogs Australia. I LOVE being around the dogs and am so grateful to be a part of your team
Remember to click on the photo to enlarge it for viewing 🙂
This book is full of 80 adorable colour/ black and white photos of puppies and dogs together with witty captions.
These incredible dogs aptly learn how to become an extra pair of hands – from loading a washing machine, opening and closing doors, pressing the pedestrian button at lights – to improving communication, empathy and motor skills of a child diagnosed with autism.
This book is the perfect gift for birthdays, Christmas, Mothers Day or anytime 🙂
And it costs just $14.99 plus postage.
A percentage of each sale from this ‘pawsome’ book goes directly to Assistance Dogs Australia.
So if you want to do something for an organisation that is SUPER valuable to the community and very close to my heart… then grab a copy of this book..
They are a wonderful organisation who train Labradors and Golden Retrievers to help people with physical disabilities lead more independent lives.
Training a super puppy costs $27,000 and takes two years to train.
This beautiful puppy, Opal is lucky to have Caroline as a puppy raiser. Opal regularly attends puppy training classes and also goes out on field trips with the Assistance Dogs K9 team. Opal will come back to the National Training Centre when she is approx 14 months old to start her ‘Advanced Training’, and will be matched up with a suitable recipient when she is approx 2 years old as either a Service Dog, Companion Dog or a Facility Dog
If the K9 team decide that a dog won’t be suitable as an Assistance Dog, it is released from the program. There is a lengthy waiting list of people for these highly trained ‘Release Dogs.’
Aren’t they just a fantastic organisation? I am so lucky to be involved with them and I just LOVE being around the puppies 🙂
Thanks to Ryan (my eldest son :)) for assisting me at the shoot and providing some of these photos.
If you would like more information about making a donation, becoming a puppy raiser, or just finding out what this organisation is all about, click here.
Enjoy the pics. Click on the first pic to view all the pics as a slideshow.
I was lucky enough to photograph Assistance Dogs Australia’s Dogtober2013 Launch last week 🙂
Dogtober runs the entire month of October and is dedicated to celebrating your dog – in fact ALL dogs across the country. This event raises much needed funds and awareness for Assistance Dogs Australia.
Vegas, Nellie, Paws and Skoota (who are assistance dogs in training) were the drawcard for this event and the crowd enjoyed watching them show off their repertoire of AWESOME skills and techniques.
Sunshine (the Ambassador dog) was there getting lots of pats and attention from the crowd and Benson, the Facility Dog from Lake Illawarra High school showed us what he’s been learning 🙂
Did you know an assistance dog can pick up for the phone for a disabled person? Will bark for up to 30 minutes if their owner falls out of their wheelchair? They can even press the button for their owner to cross the road and open the fridge!!! How fantastic is that? It really is amazing what these dogs can do…
I’m so proud to be involved with this wonderful organisation 🙂
I just love working with Assistance Dogs Australia. Photographing the new puppies is always great, but on a recent shoot I photographed Rocky, a golden retreiver who is training to become an ‘assistance dog’ before he is placed with a recipient.
Rocky was just amazing! He can retrieve your house keys, pick up the phone, open the fridge and even get your clothes out of the dryer!! To donate to Assistance Dogs Australia, please contact them at http://www.assistancedogs.org.au