Eight adorable guide dog puppies spent the last two months being looked after by the Mayor of Wantage.

Mayor, Jim Sibbald, and his wife Christina who is a Guide Dogs for the Blind volunteer, said this is the fifth litter of guide dog puppies they have looked after.

Mr and Mrs Sibbald are the parents to a mother and daughter guide dog, and the daughter Bella gave birth to her third litter in November.

Herald Series: Guide dog puppies

Bella gave birth to seven puppies on Monday 8 November during Remembrancetide.

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One puppy was stillborn, and the couple also fostered two puppies from a dog in Faringdon who had 16 puppies.

Herald Series: Guide dog puppies

Mr Sibbald is the chairman of the Royal British Legion for the Royal County of Berkshire and the Vale of White Horse, and this year it was their Centenary and 2021 was also the 90th Anniversary of the Guide Dogs for the Blind.

The mayor explained that it was especially apt that the first born was called Poppy.

Herald Series: Mayor of Wantage Jim Sibbald and his wife Christina raised eight puppies.

Puppies, Poppy, Imber, Rory, Ranger, Ellie, Ollie, Ivor, and Tilly have now all gone to the national centre to be vaccinated and microchipped. Soon these puppies could be trained to become guide dogs across the country.

Mrs Sibbald loves her work as a volunteer, she said: “It is a lot of work; it is 24/7 for six to eight weeks. It is not easy, but it is certainly enjoyable.”

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