||Rufus came to us in late November 2005,
aged 6 weeks. A cross between a yellow Labrador, his mother, and a black collie, his
father. Rufus looked more like a lab than a collie. His character, though, was very
strongly collie!! Always active, never crashing out for a sleep as labs do, he was always
on the go, busy, busy boy!!
have a saying, that, if you ask a labrador to do something, they will reply to you" I
have a committee meeting next week, we'll let you know what we decide to do".
If you ask a collie the same request, they will reply " well, we did that yesterday,
what do you want me to do right now!!
Rufus was a Sponsored Dog. That meant that Guide
Dogs published an Update leaflet every few months showing the progress of the sponsored
pup, to be sent out to the thousands of sponsors. So, Katie and photographer Jonathan
visited us every so often to gather the latest progress reports and take a wealth of
photos for the Update. We also received some letters and drawings from youngsters who had
been his sponsors. Some of these are below.
Rufus progressed very well through his training,
and is now a working dog at Freshwater, on the Isle of Wight. We visited him and met his
owner and his wife in July 2009, who is also blind and has a working dog. Rufus hasn't
changed and is a lively, happy lad who is dearly loved by his unsighted owner, Michael.
together they go out for long walks in the National Trust lands near their home in the
West of the Island.
Rufus has retired and we have been asked to give
him a home 'for life', which after some thought about his relationship with Gizmo we
Now 12 yars old, still very active, apart from
some aches and pains of old age, he has settled well into our routine. In fact he coped
well with the move from Devon to Mere in July, and seems truly to be enjoying 'his
retirement' . Photos up soon.