The boys were at the Service Dogs of Ireland Seminar in Fermoy on Saturday. It was a fantastic event with all the main dog charities in Ireland represented - Irish Therapy Dogs, Irish Dogs for the Disabled, Irish Guide Dogs for the Blind, My Canine Companion - Autism Services and AADI - Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland.
Huge thanks to the organiser Andrew Geary who obviously put a huge amount of work and time into organising this seminar which was the first of its kind in Ireland.
The presentations / demos and guest speakers from each of the charities were really informative and absolutely inspirational.
First up the boys listened to Irish Therapy Dogs. They explained really well about the work they do in hospices, nursing homes and schools.
Irish Dogs for the Disabled also gave a great presentation highlighting the work that their charity does ...
AADI - Autism Assistance Dogs Ireland spoke about services and Edel Shaw with her son's assistance dog Thorpe gave a wonderful speech entitled 'The Thorpe Effect' ...
My Canine Companion - Autism Services also gave a great presentation and had one of their service users Sinead Brook Dutton speak about the impact of their assistance dog on their family's life. Murray & Clive even got a mention in that speech which thrilled Murray! He was really good sitting listening to all the speeches.
My Canine Companion had a huget representation at the Seminar - it was fantastic to see such support amongst it's puppy walkers, families and volunteers. The number of wonderful doodles they have as well was amazing and Murray loved meeting so many other doodles!
A huge highlight of the day for us was getting to meet fellow blogger Jennifer and her guide dog OJ. We have been following each other's blogs for years so it was really lovely to get to meet Jennifer and OJ in person.
Finally as the boys left a little early they stopped outside to say a final goodbye to another lovely doodle in training from My Canine Companion. Duke was an amazing colour and Murray loved him. He gets very excited when he meets other dogs with Clive but particularly other doodle dogs!
Finally we would just like to say a huge big thank you again to Andrew Geary for organising this Service Dogs of Ireland Seminar. We took a huge amount away from the day and it was fantastic to meet all the other canine charities and to meet lots of our friends there as well.
- Clive & Co