05 April 2011

Clive and Clint go to school for a morning .....

A few days ago the boys went back to school for the morning!

Clive and his brother Clint (a guide dog) always enjoy working together and telling people about the work they do as an Assistance Dog and Guide Dog along with Murray's Mom and Rosemary (Clint's Guide Dog Owner).
Gill Crinion, the PE teacher at Loreto College, St Stephen's Green had organised the Skipathon amongst her 2nd year girls a few months ago and the boys went in the other day to meet Ms Crinion and all the girls who had taken part in the Skipathon.

We met four classes and spoke to them about vision impairment and the work a guide dog does and how autism effects a child and their family and the work an assistance dog does.
We met Orla Comerford as well, a 1st year pupil whose family have been puppy walkers for Irish Guide Dogs for several years. They are currently puppy walking a German Shepherd/Retriever cross called Bev and Orla knew lots of the things we were telling the girls about how we were trained.

Puppy walking families like Orla's are all volunteers and Guide Dog owners and Assistance Dog Owners alike are very grateful for the huge time and effort that the puppy walking families put into training the puppies for the first 12 months of their lives. Michelle Munnelley a puppy walker currently puppy walking Hector has a great blog - well worth checking out on the Irish Guide Dog website as she tells the story of Hector's first few months in training.
We had a great time in Loreto College, St Stephen's Green - many thanks again to Ms Crinion for organising it and to all the girls in 2nd year for participating in the Skipathon.

It's not easy to skip you know !!!

- Clive and Clint


  1. Love that last pic! What a great job you and Clint are doing!

  2. Wonderful work, as always!

    The other day, we watched a documentary bout autism on French TV and were saddened by the total lack of ignorance in France about the subject. Nobody even mentioned assistance dogs. They had clearly never heard of Temple Grandin. The medical profession here is in the Dark Ages. Something must be done!

  3. PS: WE did NOT mean "lack of ignorance" but rather just "ignorance"!

  4. Hurray for puppy walkers. What wonderful people they are for all their good work.

  5. Those two are so cute together!


  6. Lovely post, lovely pics... prooving the Irish Blog Award is so well deserved.


  7. Clive and Clint are the best!
    Good job!
    Kisses and hugs

  8. Oh Clive you obviously like posing in front of the camera..BOL. Great job teaching
    Benny & Lily

  9. Looking very dignified there, Clive!! Awesome work you're doing there.

  10. Wow! You look so athletic with that skipping rope. Well done both of you for raising awareness again!

  11. Thank you so very much for your prayers, Murray and Clive. They mean so very much to us!

    Love ya lots
    Maggie and Mitch

  12. Kudoes to you both for all your great work!

  13. Good job you two, skipping must be hard!

    We will go have a look at Hectors blog! And then go check out the Irish Guide dog website :)

    Licks and lots of slobber,
    Lexi and Jasper the Danes