Cllr Crimmings with Patty the pup
A trainee guide dog pup was welcomed on a visit to Rhondda Cynon Taf Mayor’s parlour with her puppy walkers Sue and Alan Thomas.
Sue and Alan, of Miskin, have looked after Patty - who was six months old on December 1 - since she was seven weeks old. Their job is to get her used to socialising with people and other dogs and be in social situations.
Mayor Cllr Ann Crimmings has chosen to support Guide Dogs Cymru as one of her charities during her year in office. Cllr Crimmings said: "It was a pleasure to meet Sue, Alan and, of course, Patty, and to find out about how guide dogs are trained from a very young age. My thanks too, to everyone involved in training guide dogs, providing such great support to people without sight.
"Guide Dogs Cymru depends entirely upon public support, with the lifetime cost of a guide dog around £50,000. The charity also works with local authorities to provide mobility services for adults and children who are blind and partially sighted and campaigns for the rights of people who are blind and partially sighted."
Patty’s walker Sue said: "I love dogs and feel that puppy walking is a way of doing something for charity."
Patty is a sponsored dog – a gentleman in Cardiff kindly raised £5,000 to sponsor her training for her first year and was allowed to name her. The pup has recently been on her first train ride and Sue and Alan will look after her until next September when she will start her training proper as a Guide Dog for the Blind.
Cllr Crimmings has also chosen to support Macmillan Cancer Support (RCT) and Diabetes Peer Support for Children (RCT) during her year of office. If you would like to donate to the Mayor’s Charity Appeal, you can now do so through a secure online service. Please visit the Mayor's page to make a donation, or if you have an idea for a fundraising event, please contact the Mayoral Office in Pontypridd on 01443 494061.