Saturday 1 October was the start of an exciting month ahead for many of our four-legged friends – and I’m not talking about the Geelong Cats winning the AFL Premiership but the Super Pups who have dog-napped Dogtober for the fundraising and awareness month for Assistance Dogs Australia (ADA).

I’ve been lucky enough to be involved as a volunteer trainer with ADA for about the last five years – thoroughly enjoyable and satisfying but the real highlight is when I get to see a working dog with their new owner. And it was this feeling that I wanted to impart to my previous workmates at Victoria Police’s Legal and Policy area.

They donate a gold coin or more every Friday for the privilege of dressing down for the day and the money goes to a charity they have voted on as most deserving. I was not there to influence the voting but they all remembered the pups I have taken in to the office and were aware of the work that the trained labradors and golden retrievers do to help people with physical disabilities and that it costs about $25,000 to fully train one of the pups and that they rely on sponsorship and that the dogs are provided to people with a need free of charge – and it was a no-brainer that of course they voted to donate their money to Assistance Dogs.

So to kick-off the first working day of Dogtober I had no trouble at all in getting one of our magnificent recipients Karyn and her even more magnificent Gypsy come along and share her stories with the team over afternoon tea. They loved having the opportunity to hear from Karyn and see Gypsy strut her stuff and no doubt there will be more than just a handful of gold coins hitting the charity tin this Friday.

Karen and Gypsy at Victoria Police

Karen and Gypsy at Victoria Police

So get on board with Dogotober and support the wonderful work of Assistance Dogs Australia.

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