Puppy’s pet project – by royal command

Sparkle and Anna Adams
Sparkle and Anna Adams

A PUPPY from the Daventry area has become the jubilee mascot for Guide Dogs.

Sparkle has been named in honour of the Queen’s Diamond Jubilee and is currently living with volunteer Anna Adams near Chipping Warden.

The Labrador/retriever cross is Guide Dogs’ very own Diamond Jubilee mascot.

The six–week-old pup was born in Daventry. She was named following a poll of supporters on Facebook.

The name Sparkle was the winner with 46 per cent of the votes, beating Queenie who won second place and Diamond, third.

Guide Dogs’ director of fundraising Jayne George said: “Sparkle is adorable and we hope she’ll go on to change the life of someone with sight loss.

“In the meantime, like all our dogs she’ll be enjoying the royal treatment from our staff and volunteers.”

You can follow Sparkle’s journey towards becoming a guide dog by sponsoring her from May 1. More details will be available soon at www.guidedogs.org.uk

Guide Dogs, formerly Guide Dogs For The Blind, trains and provides guide dogs for people who are blind or partially sighted, and also ‘buddy dogs’ who give partially sighted children and young people the chance to build vital communication and mobility skills.