Kirkcaldy business owner sponsors ‘sweet, charming’ Guide Dogs pup called Ralph

Ritchie Landels of oven cleaning service, Ovenu Kirkcaldy, is supporting Guide Dogs’ pup Ralph throughout his extensive training programme.
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The yellow Golden Retriever/Labrador cross replaces black Lab Selsey, which Ovenu franchisees first started sponsoring in 2021. Despite excelling in training, Selsey developed a slight weakness in one hip which meant she was unable to progress to become a working Guide Dog. Despite the setback, Ritchie wanted to continue his support of the charity.

Now aged 10 months, Ralph is spending time with puppy raisers, Toni and Adrian, two of the 16,000 volunteers who work with Guide Dogs. He will remain with them until he is 12 to 14-months old before being considered for full Guide Dog training, with the longer-term ambition of being assigned to a visually impaired person.

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So far Ralph is settling in well and is described as “sweet and charming”. His latest report card says he is brilliant at boarding public transport and is confident in busy environments, while his food manners are described as being ‘almost there.’

Trainee Guide Dogs pup Ralph and Ritchie Landels of Ovenu KirkcaldyTrainee Guide Dogs pup Ralph and Ritchie Landels of Ovenu Kirkcaldy
Trainee Guide Dogs pup Ralph and Ritchie Landels of Ovenu Kirkcaldy

Ritchie, who worked in the offshore industry before launching his business, said: “Guide Dogs is a fantastic charity and I’m pleased to be able to give something back by supporting its life changing work. These dogs provide those with sight loss greater mobility, independence, social interaction - as well as companionship.

“It’s also a way of saying a huge thank you to my clients who, without their continued support, I wouldn’t be in a position to sponsor this adorable pup!”

Guide Dogs’ CEO Andrew Lennox said: “It costs approximately £56,000 to support each guide dog through from birth to retirement, and without all the contributions of our donors and the efforts of our fundraisers we would not be able to do what we do.”

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