Do you think of your dog as your hero? We here at atFrits sure do, we’ve even built an entire world class hotel to show just how much we love them. They are always there for you, love you unconditionally and stand by you every step of the way. But what if your life literally depended on your four-legged friend?
Service dogs are exceptional creatures that devote their lives selflessly to their humans. Whether it’s being their eyes and navigating them safely, keeping guard in our neighbourhoods, letting you know when your sugar levels drop or helping our lawmen catch crooks and save the day, these dogs deserve the world.
Think about it, how much harder would life be for so many if these dogs didn’t go to work every day? Who would help their owner cross the street and how would the police be one paw ahead in their crime prevention efforts? Guide dogs and service dogs are truly shining examples of their amazing species, and we’ve decided that it’s high time we give them a proper salute.
We recently celebrated International Guide Dogs Day (26 April). Since 1953, the South African Guide-Dogs association’s mission has been to make service dogs available to all visually and physically impaired persons in South Africa. However noble their objectives are, this has often been a daunting task
The training of Guide and Service dogs takes two years. After being looked after by volunteers during their puppy phase, the dogs are then put into training with a Guide Dog Mobility Instructor. The intense training involves first making sure that they can obey to basic instructions and for instructors to assess whether they are suited to become Service of Guide dogs. The cost of training one of these specialist dogs is currently R100 000. Up to date over 1500 dogs have been trained.
In celebrating International Guide Dog Day, and the selfless service of so many Service dogs, atFrits (South Africa’s first 5-star dog hotel) is offering all service dogs forever-free boarding, as many trips to the dog spa as they want, and special spa treatments whenever they like for the rest of their lives. “We also look forward to welcoming new service puppy’s in training to atFrits, where we will be providing this free and well-deserved service to them”, says owner Yanic Klue. “This is just a small way for us to extend our gratitude and admiration for these dogs, and we can’t wait to congratulate (and spoil!) these everyday heroes”.
We have much more exciting collaboration with the Guide Dog Association to share with you, so follow our journey on social media and see just how special these dogs truly are.
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