A puppy that is taking his first steps to becoming truly someone’s best friend was in Kettering today (Saturday, December 1).
Riley, a trainee Guide Dog for the Blind, was visiting the Jollyes store, off Northfield Avenue, where the staff gave him an early Christmas present of a toy and a bone.
This year Jollyes raised £50,000 to pay for Riley’s training and upkeep and because the staff and customers at the Kettering store raised the most money, Riley popped in to say thank you.
Store manager Mandy Adams said: “We raised more than £2,500 in a month by doing things like having a sponsored dog walk and selling dog cakes. Guide Dogs for the Blind is a great charity to support because it really shows how dogs can help humans.
“It’s the first time Jollyes has raised money for them and we’re going to do it again next year.”
Riley is being looked after by volunteer dog walker Sue Humphries. She said: “We got him in May when he was just a few weeks old and it’s a case of so far so good. He’s been to the vets twice because he’s a bit of a Hoover and has eaten bits of a jam jar while trying to get the jam out and some pills.
“He’s the first dog I’ve had and I’ll have him until April when he’ll go to a training centre where they’ll assess him further to see if he’ll be a good guide dog.”