7th August 2019

A VIP - very important pup - visited Rotalink in Crewkerne this week to say thank you for setting her on a journey to becoming a life changing guide dog.
Little Millie is now 5 months old but has already learnt many of the basic obedience commands that will be used when she goes out into the world as part of a guide dog partnership.
Although this is Millie's first time visiting Rotalink in person, staff have been following her progress since she was born as they donated £5000 to choose her name and sponsor her through her first year of training. It costs Guide Dogs a staggering £5000 to put each puppy through their first year of socialisation training and the support of local companies like Rotalink is pivotal to the charities success.
Sharon Nichol of Rotalink says: ‘I lost my Belgian Shepherd in November, as she was a frequent visitor to the factory; we decided to name a Guide Dog puppy in her memory. It was really exciting to meet Millie today and also great to meet her puppy walkers Lynda and Graham, and to find out all about the training and what her personality is like.'
Krissie Isaac - Community Fundraising Development Officer at Guide Dogs, commented: ‘Puppy visits are really special. Our supporters get to see how much of an impact their donation has made to the charity with the training of the dog they have named. A huge thanks to Rotalink for their donation which will support Millie through her training as she learns the necessary skills to be a life changing Guide for someone who is blind or partially sighted."

Without the support of the local community Guide Dogs could not continue to provide their life changing services to local people suffering from sight loss.
There are currently over 4,300 people living with sight loss in the South Somerset area and this number is predicted to double by 2050.
If you would like to find out more about our Name a Puppy scheme and how your company or group can get involved, please contact Krissie Isaac at Krissie.Isaac@guidedogs.org.uk or call the South West Community Team on 0118 983 8722