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Guide Dogs response to puppy Edward

07 Jul 2017

We completely understand how upsetting this is for the Rees-Johnson family, and everyone involved. It’s no reflection of the love the family obviously have for Edward and the other guide dog puppies they have looked after. We never take our volunteers’ support for granted because, without the Rees-Johnsons and others like them, we couldn’t change the lives of thousands of people with sight loss every year. 

The decision to move Edward now, while he’s still a bright and seemingly well puppy, was not made lightly, and was taken following discussions with Rhiannon and our veterinary advisors. We focused on Edward’s best interests, bearing in mind his prognosis, how sick we know he will become, and how distressing this might be for the family. 

Edward will be going to a volunteer boarder’s loving home. They will be able to care for him around the clock, and they have lots of experience of caring for dogs with health conditions, including end-of-life care. He’ll also be close to the gold-standard vet nurses and resources we have at our National Breeding Centre. Our Veterinary Cardiologist will be on hand with expertise and an out-of-hours emergency service.