Warwickshire Life Guide Dog: Archie

PUBLISHED: 13:11 01 June 2011 | UPDATED: 19:29 20 February 2013

Warwickshire Life Guide Dog: Archie

Warwickshire Life Guide Dog: Archie

Our trainee guide dog puppy is starting to grow up, as Debbie Graham discovers

We cant believe it but Archie is seven and a half months old and weighs a whopping 27 kilograms. Whats happened to our cute little bundle of fun? Well the answer is he is still a cute bundle of fun, just rather bigger!

And it seems since we last met him at his puppy walker Kim Hewletts home in Stratford-upon-Avon he has grown up and matured considerably. Hes now walking steadily to heel (and doesnt pull poor Kim along), sits, comes and stands all to command, however he still needs to work on his wait command. Small steps, eh Archie?

One big improvement in his behaviour, though, is in his greeting of visitors. If you remember the last time we met him he got rather over excited when visitors come to the door, and her next project was stop him jumping up by distracting him with some toys. Well you know what? It worked.

"Archie is now no longer jumping up at visitors," says Kim. "He is, however, always pleased to see anyone and always happy to receive plenty of fuss." Were glad to see some things dont change.

In short, Archie is progressing well and both Kim and Guide Dogs are really pleased with him, as its as much about attitude as training and Archie has attitude in abundance.

"Archie seems to be a very loyal dog and he always keeps me in his sight when on his free run," says Kim. "Hes a very energetic dog and loves to be with you. Archie is always friendly with all other dogs and is quite submissive and lets the other dogs come and say hello first. Nothing really seems to faze him - he takes everything in his stride," says Kim.

The whole family, Kim, husband Paul, children Kate, Mark and Sean and, of course, Archie, set off to Devon for the Easter break, where he enjoyed taking life easy in front of the Aga, going for walks and generally having fun.

"We had a super week with wonderful sunshine and Archie loved his holiday and free running with Kate, Mark and Sean. We did lots of coastal walks, woodland walks and on the beach."

Archie, though, drew the line at venturing into the sea despite much fruitless encouragement.

"He liked to have a paddle in a very shallow stream but would not enter the sea or river." Ah bless. There is one downside to Archie though that Kim had perhaps not prepared for - the amount he moults. "We have invested in a new Hoover to collect his hair," she says.

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