TAILS were wagging when Guide Dog puppy ‘Wooster’ and the two people who named him came nose to nose for the first time at Webbs Garden Centre in Wychbold recently.
Joy Taylor of Redditch and Mike Baker from Stoke Heath were winners of a popular competition to name the new Webbs’ Guide Dog puppy. Generous Webbs customers had raised over £5,000 for Guide Dogs, giving them the opportunity to name a puppy and sponsor it for the first year of its life.
Joy said she was thrilled to have co-won the competition as the Guide Dog charity was very close to her heart. Her aunt was a Guide Dog puppy walker and she admitted she was dog mad.
“I have loved dogs all my life,” she said. “I am so happy that my win means I was able to meet Wooster and also have a guided tour of the breeding centre. For me, the whole win is a dream come true.”
Mike, a retired housing officer, also has close links with Guide Dogs. “We did have a lovely golden Labrador, but my daughter- in- law boards Guide Dogs for the charity, so this was my main incentive to enter as we try to support Guide Dogs whenever we can. Wooster is a lovely dog; bright and calm and really adorable!”
Wooster is being cared for by volunteer Puppy Walker Catherine Prindezis who will bring the puppy for visits to the Wychbold store. The winners and their families won a free guided tour of the Guide Dogs national breeding centre in Leamington Spa plus £50 worth of Webbs vouchers.
Webbs Chairman Ed Webb said, “It was lovely for Joy and Mike to meet Wooster today, they struck up a bond straight away. He also won over the hearts of lots of our other customers! We will follow his progress with regular visits to Webbs when Wooster will be brought along by his local puppy walkers.”