Many thanks to everyone who attended our open day on Saturday 15th September to raise some much needed funds for the Irish Guide Dogs. Thanks to your generosity we managed to raise €1,231 which will go to help train future guide dogs and assistance dogs.
We were delighted to have The Nomad Café on board to serve complimentary coffee sponsored by Arkvet. Ross is a regular fixture down in Sandycove and an excellent Barista. We were delighted he could support the event.
Local artist Naomi Peppard was on hand to commission pet portraits with 15% of each piece of art going to the Guide Dogs. If this is something you would like for your pet get in touch via her website and mention the Guide Dog/Arkvet promotion and Naomi will donate 15% of her fee to the Guide Dogs.
Our Veterinary nurse Carol Costello did a presentation on puppy care and socialisation and was on hand to answer all the training tips. Carol runs the Puppy Parties here at Ark Vet!
Our Vet Paul McCarthy ran guided tours of the Veterinary Hospital showing visitors the inner workings of the hospital to include our lab, our x-ray and ultrasound department, our surgical and dental suites and our triage room. We had great interest from the public and it was great to see so many kids so interested with plenty of clever questions.
Paul’s wife Kristy was on face painting duty with plenty of people saying she had an undiscovered talent for it.
The ever-willing volunteers from the Guide dogs ran the raffle, merchandise stall and a cake sale. As ever the standard of cakes was top class and went down treat! They are real community hero’s, giving their time and talent so generously.
Guide Dog owner Bernard Johnson gave a beautiful talk on how his Guide Dog Lexie gives him the gift of mobility and allows him to partake in the normal everyday things that those of use with full vision take for granted. And this was what it was all about – raising funds so more visually impaired people can experience the freedom of movement and liberty that a guide dog allows.
Again, on behalf of everyone here at Arkvet and on behalf of the Irish Guide Dogs thanks again for your support.