Today is a sad day at Aquinas College as we say good bye to Toby, our resident guide dog in training.
Toby as been a very treasured member of the Aquinas Whanau since the beginning of the school year. He has been a great source of comfort to many students who have accessed the counselling service and Toby’s typical reaction has been to curl up at a students feet and allow them to pat him to calm themselves down. He has also snored his way through many sessions which has always resulted in laughter in the counselling room – a great tonic for wellness.
Toby is now 6 months old and begins is 1st formal week long training camp in Auckland on Tuesday 8th. He is showing all the great signs that he might make the cut as a guide dog (this is very difficult to achieve and the current stats are that only 30-40% of the guide dog puppies make it). The decision has been made that Toby will stay on in Auckland and move in with a new family following his training camp. His new family are very experienced in the programme and have more time to put into the training demands.
Thank you for welcoming Toby at Aquinas and most importantly respecting his ‘special powers’. Toby will be missed by us all and we look forward to hearing his progress as he works towards his life of service to a partially sighted or fully sighted blind person.