Four seven week old Guide Dogs Queensland puppies show off their new uniforms.Puppies padded down the catwalk – really a “dog-walk” – at Guide Dogs Queensland’s Brisbane headquarters today, modelling new uniforms for puppies-in-training.
“They’re specifically designed, easy to wear, and they’re all curved lines, so they fit the shape of each dog’s body,” said breeding manager Lauren Elgie.
The new blue-and-orange coats incorporate lycra gussets, elasticated and adjustable clip fastenings, and high-visability strips.
“We found the noise of Velcro on the old coats would often trouble the puppies, and we don’t want them growing up to fear wearing their clothing,” Ms Elgie said.
Four Labrador puppies played happily in their new threads, which were designed by New Zealand firm D-fa, which manufactures equipment for search-and-rescue dogs and other assistance animals.
“I think people underestimate how much stress dogs put on their clothing,” said Ms Elgie.
“We’re really impressed with the quality of these coats; they’re very hardy and very durable.”
Guide Dogs Queensland raised $6600 for the first batch of coats through selling Entertainment Books.
The discount voucher books are distributed through fundraising organisations, professional associations, schools, social clubs and sporting groups, which receive 20 per cent of the sale price from each one.
There are currently 58 puppies at GDQ’s Bald Hills base, including five born about 7am on Wednesday.
Ms Elgie was up for much of the night to help Minnie the mum through her emergency c-section.
“We were a bit worried, but she’s come through OK and the babies are all tiny little bundles of joy,” she said. “They haven’t even opened their eyes yet.”
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