Felixstowe: Robson puts his paw to the keyboard for online diary

Guide dogs are used to taking on testing challenges – but keeping an online diary is certainly not one of them.

But The Ipswich Star’s latest guide dog, Robson, has been brushing up on his keyboard skills as he helps writes a weekly diary about his latest expeditions on the Guide Dogs website.

From meeting Matt Cardle, to being chased by swans, and through to his vital training, Robson’s busy days are being documented for all to see as he is taught to turn from a playful puppy into a guide dog.

Puppy walker Penny Parker – who gives the pooch a helping hand with his blog – said: “Every Sunday he has to write about what he has done that week, what we’ve been doing in training and we also send in a few pictures. It has been quite nice and there have been a few people asking about how they can volunteer and how they can get involved.

“It’s not as easy as I thought it would be but it’s nice to put a lighter side on things.”


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As well as looking into some of the more light-hearted aspects of Robson’s life, the diary also gives readers a chance to look at the hard work it takes to train Robson so that one day he will be able to guide a visually impaired person.

“A lot of people think it’s just a case of they live with you and you take them for a walk,” said Penny.

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“But there’s a lot more to it than that. You have got to do something with them every day to keep them up to date.”

You can read some of Robson’s latest entries by visiting www.guidedogs.org.uk

To donate to the appeal, send cheques – made payable to Guide Dogs – to Richard Cornwell, Felixstowe editor, Felixstowe Star, 172 Hamilton Road, Felixstowe, Suffolk, IP11 7DU.

? Has the Guide Dogs appeal changed your life? Write to Your Letters, Ipswich Star, 30 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich IP4 1AN, or e-mail starletters@archant.co.uk

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