Signing up for PAWGUST

IT was a furry welcome from Guide Dogs Tasmania ambassador dog Dexter when he paid a special visit to Glenorchy City Council Chambers.

Glenorchy City Council customer service officer Jasmine Budd said a steady stream of people came through the door and engaged with Dexter, who was more than happy to lap up the pats and cuddles.

“The idea formed when I was visiting Northgate and saw Dexter and the Guide Dogs display and how many people were interacting with them,” she said.

“So, I asked how Council could help with their national campaign PAWGUST.

“Council has an internal Wellness Committee that invited Dexter and Kristy to come on the day the dog registration payments were due.

“This helped gain exposure for their campaign, kept people in the queue occupied and was of great benefit to staff members who stopped to engage with Dexter.

“I have two Labradors and signed up for PAWGUST and committed to walk them for half an hour every day.

“I am thrilled to be able to help with their fundraising, plus it keeps me fit and gets the dogs out every day, which they love.”

Guide Dogs Tasmania community fundraising coordinator Kristy Wright said it was great to bring Dexter to Council to help support the current fundraising campaign, PAWGUST.

She said it also helped support the last day of Council’s dog registrations.

“PAWGUST is a new national fundraiser which gets people out to walk their dog for 30 minutes for 30 days,” she said.

“We had a week at Northgate before coming to Council and it blew me away how generous the community is.

“All money raised goes straight to raising and training dogs in Hobart.

“Our visit to Council was great to introduce people to the campaign and was very therapeutic for Council staff who came along for a pat.

“Dexter absolutely loves the attention and started working aged two – he is now eight so will retire in two years.”

PAWGUST is a new initiative from Guide Dogs Australia that is encouraging Australian dog owners to challenge themselves to walk their dogs for 30 minutes a day for 30 days in August to raise vital funds that help to support people living with vision loss or blindness.

It costs more than $35,000 to breed, raise and train a Guide Dog in Tasmania.

Caption: From left, Guide Dogs Tasmania community fundraising coordinator Kristy Wright and Glenorchy City Council customer service officer Jasmine Budd with ambassador dog Dexter.