Guide Dogs For The Blind
Dogalogue Charity Dog Gifts
Today I wanted to highlight one of my favourite dog charities Dogalogue which supports Guide Dogs For the Blind.
Have you ever wondered how much it costs to train and support a guide dog?
I went to the Official Guide Dogs site to find out this information and this is a direct quote.
It costs Guide Dogs around £55,000 to support a guide dog from birth to retirement.
How Guide Dogs For The Blind Spend Money That Has Been Donated.
- £5 can support a working guide dog for a day.
- £25 can buy a white harness, the iconic symbol of a fully qualified guide dog.
- £95 can buy a Training School Kit for a guide dog trainer who teach pups the specialist skills they will need to become a qualified guide dog
- .£140 can buy a Starter Kit for a new guide dog owner containing everything they need to start a life with their new guide dog.
So although the cost of supporting a guide dog is huge, every penny makes a difference. Just by spending a few pounds on a gift for someone, you have helped a great deal.
The website has a dedicated page for people who want to actively support the charity. They list fundraising, sponsoring a puppy, rehoming a guide dog and donating to name but a few.
When you read the inspiring stories on the Guide Dogs website you will see just how the dogs have changed lives. For example, little Nell was born with glaucoma, an eye condition which left her totally blind and in constant pain. As a one-and-a-half-year-old, Nell was referred to Habilitation Specialist, Branwen Jones. As a mobility expert from Guide Dogs, Branwen was the first specialist support the family received. Branwen works with Nell and her family to build confidence, acquire skills to enable her to use a cane and become as independent as possible.
This is an amazing website to visit if you love dogs. It is wonderful to see all the smiling faces who have been helped by Guide Dogs For The Blind Association.
One Guide Dog owner says:
“Living with a Guide Dog is always having your left-hand man close by. It’s never having to ask one of the family to nip to the shop, it’s taking your dog to work, it’s knowing people are smiling at you when they watch us work. It’s trusting him to keep me safe, it’s heading out into a sighted world with nothing to fear and a spring in the step….”
Helping Guide Dogs For The Blind
Dogalogue is one of my favourite dog charities in the UK. Every now and again I like to show you items that they are available on their website. The products are great quality and make great gifts, either for yourself or a loved one.
Here is what Dogalogue say about themselves
Guide Dogs is one of the UK’s best known and best loved charities, providing life changing support to people with sight loss. When you buy your cards and gifts from Dogalogue, the Guide Dogs’ online charity shop, you are helping to change the lives of blind and visually impaired people.
We’ve got a great range of fun and fabulous gifts, stationery and homeware for you and your loved ones (and the dog!), including products available exclusively from Guide Dogs. Shop with us knowing that 100% of profits go to Guide Dogs to improve the lives of blind and partially sighted people in the UK.
I am so pleased to hear that they donate ALL PROFITS to Guide Dogs and the gifts are all extremely good value for money.
They also promise a NO QUIBBLE GUARANTEE so you can buy with confidence.
Standard postage and packing is £4.99.
Pop along to their website to see what they have to offer.
I picked out just a few items to feature, that I particularly like. However, there really is something for everyone.
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The Hedgehog Noodle toy (£13) will give your dog hours of squeaking fun. For bouncy action, the Space Lobber Dog Toy is always a favourite (£6)
There is a good selection of dog beds on the site. This dog settee is made from quality orthopaedic memory foam and provides luxurious comfort. With a non-slip base, the tough and durable bed is water, odour, hair and dirt resistant. It is even made with an anti-bacterial fabric that’s easy to clean and is resistant to fleas and mites. It comes in a range of sizes starting at £47.
I think this bed would be really good for an older dog who has a few aches and pains. Also, for a dog who has had surgery and needs a quality bed to recuperate.
Here we have three exclusive items that I particularly like. The official guide dog puppy is a Golden Retriever and costs just £8. He is wearing a T-shirt with the Guide Dog logo.
There is a selection of Guide Dogs cuddly toys and Puppies to collect. The Labradoodle puppy (below) is a new edition to the collection. This cuddly little fellow comes with his very own Guide Dogs coat and is a great way to show your support for our charity.
Every dog owner needs a belt bag when he goes on a dog walk. There are two zipped pockets, one for your personal belongings for example keys and mobile phone. The other zipped compartment can be used for your doggy requirements like treats and poo bags. The price for the belt bag is £12.99.
These are just everyday gifts that are practical as well as pretty. There is a good range of mugs at around £6-£7. The notebook is A5 in size and just £6.
This hoodie states “Life Without Dogs?… I Don’t Think So!. The navy hoodie is unisex and comes in a range of sizes (£29.99).