Stonehaven businessman Ross Walker has sponsored an adorable Guide Dog puppy Selsey.
Ross, who runs oven valeting company Ovenu Stonehaven, will be supporting the six-week-old labrador through her training until she becomes a fully qualified guide dog at around two years of age.
The back lab, who has six siblings Cosmo, Peegee, Dougall, Polly, Jessie, and Billy, was recently placed with a puppy raiser who will start to teach her the skills essential to become a future guide dog.
Ross, who previously worked in the oil and gas industry, said: “The past 12 months have been a difficult and challenging time for everyone, not least Guide Dogs, which has experienced a fall in income due to the pandemic.
“As a business owner, I want to give something back by supporting a charity that helps provide life-changing independence and freedom to blind and partially sighted people.
“It’s also a way of saying a huge thank you to my clients who, without their continued support, I would not be in a position to sponsor this cute ball of fluff.
“I’m also keen to share the regular ‘pupdates’ I will receive, which I hope will raise more awareness about the charity’s work.”
Victoria Noyce-Guthrie of Guide Dogs said: “We rely on donations and Ovenu’s kind support will allow us to make a life-changing difference to someone living with sight loss, by providing a guide dog.”
Rik Hellewell, the founder and managing director of the Ovenu franchise, added: “I’m delighted that Ross is supporting such a wonderful and deserving charity and I’m sure his clients will be interested to follow Selsey’s progress.”