Countdown’s Susie Dent Meets Guide Dog Puppies in South Warwickshire
A FAMOUS face from Channel 4’s quiz show Countdown has visited the National Guide Dog Center to meet eight-week-old puppies who will change the lives of people with sight loss.
Susie Dent was given a guided tour of the facilities at Bishop’s Tachbrook before meeting a litter of Labrador-Golden Retriever cross puppies.
Susie, who served on Dictionary Corner on Countdown for 30 years, said: ‘It was a wonderful experience to visit the national center and learn about the journey of a guide dog, the breeding program and from specialized training to the really important process. to match them with a person with vision loss.
“It was so special to meet the beautiful puppies, knowing that they will become life-changing guides.”
Susie is a strong supporter of the charity and has championed its ‘Power of Description’ campaign which encouraged people to volunteer as sighted guides.
Sighted guides are paired with someone living with vision loss in their area, to help them gain confidence and do more of the activities they enjoy.
She also hosted the charity’s People Awards in 2021, which celebrate the contributions of staff and service users.
The charity runs the largest and most ethical working dog breeding program in the world.
At the age of eight weeks, all guide dog puppies pass through the doors of the National Center for Health and Temperament Checks, before being placed individually with volunteer puppy raisers across the UK.