Ahead of today’s International Guide Dog Day, guide dog puppy, Cosmos, named by The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, has successfully completed their puppy socialisation training.
Guide Dogs received a donation of £5,000 from funds raised by The Enchanted Forest’s 2019 show, Cosmos, and the pup was formally named after that year’s event. She is the first puppy in the history of Guide Dogs to be called Cosmos.
Speaking in a press release, Lesley Williamson, Chair of The Enchanted Forest Community Trust, said: “We’re absolutely thrilled that Cosmos has moved into early training. Last year I had the pleasure of a very well-behaved walk with her at Faskally Wood, home of The Enchanted Forest, before she went off to the “big school”.
“She has a lovely character, and we hope her training continues to go well so that she can make a difference to someone living with sight loss. It’s been extraordinary to support a puppy through puppy raising, and we’ve very much enjoyed the updates we’ve had from the charity throughout the process. It’s truly humbling to know that Cosmos will make such a difference.”
Cosmos, a female golden retriever, was born on 21 January 2020, alongside her four other canine siblings named Flossie, Wendy, Harley and Hazel. Cosmos was placed with a puppy raiser in Perthshire during the pandemic, where she learned the socialisation skills she needs to train as a guide dog.
Kyla McVicar, Business Development Manager at Guide Dogs Scotland, added: “We are extremely grateful to the Enchanted Forest Community Trust for their generous support. Every puppy named through Name a Puppy helps us reach the needs of more people living with sight loss in our community. We can’t thank the Enchanted Forest Community Trust enough for their kind support and are delighted that they have enjoyed following puppy Cosmos’ journey with us.”