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Forty Four becomes Pawty Paw

It’s not often we hear the patter of tiny feet on the steps of 44… but we did last Friday!

Our team gained three new junior members (and their owners) when we had a visit from the Guide Dogs for the Blind Training Centre based in Leamington Spa.

Once Diesel, Harper and Gracie had tackled our steep staircases, they were soon made to feel at home as team members flocked round, offering cuddles and sneaking selfies.

The team had called by to help us celebrate National Tea Day and, while the pups scoffed their treats and got to know everyone, trainers Gemma, Cat and Chris spoke to us about their role in developing each dog’s skills.

“It was fascinating to hear how dedicated each trainer was to their dog’s development,” said 44’s Elizabeth, who organised the event. “Everyone loved having furry friends in the office. But more importantly, we learnt how different each pup’s personality can be, and how the trainers have to adapt to that – which is a good lesson for any team to learn!”

Once our furry friends had returned home, the 44 tea party could begin. Homemade cakes and fancy platters fuelled the fun as games were played and funds were raised – totalling more than £140.

The money will be donated to the centre, funding vital equipment (and treats) to help the pups’ progress.

It’s not the first time we’ve worked with Guide Dogs for the Blind Association. In 2015, we decorated the centre where more than 200 dogs a year learn the vital skills required to support their owners.

Read more about Guide Dogs UK and the services they provide.

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