Guide Dog Oakley 

Guide Dog Oakley with "Mum" Tracey Clarke alongside their home "nb Sola Gratia"

Welcome to Guide Dog Oakley!

Raising Money for Guide Dogs
 

We are continuing to raise money for Guide Dogs. We did a sponsored walk along the Kennet & Avon in July and October 2015 (delayed following the death of my "human Dad's" Dad). To date we have raised in excess of £10,000. We have named a puppy "Raymond" after Dad's Dad, and have just completed our next target to name a puppy "Chrissie" after Mum's Mum, who died in August 2016. We have just started our third fund to name a puppy after Dad's Mum, who died on 7 October 2016. Please do consider giving even just a small amount to help this very worthwhile charity.
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I'm famous! Read all about my walk with Mum in the Newbury Observer.

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An Introduction to Guide Dog Oakley

My name is Guide Dog Oakley, and I work with my human "Mum" Tracey Clarke. Along with my human "Dad" Tim Clarke, we live aboard the narrowboat NB Sola Gratia. Mum says I am the only Guide Dog who lives nomadically on the Inland Waterways of Britain. I have no idea what that means. I just enjoy the fact that I have a different garden to play in almost every day!

When we are cruising, I sometimes take Mum along the towpath while Dad comes along behind with the boat. This is much more fun for me - I do so enjoy walking. It gets a bit rough and uneven sometimes, so I have to really step up to the mark and carefully steer Mum so she doesn't come to any harm. She only has 2 per cent vision, so she can see a little bit, but I am her eyes most of the time.

There are things called "locks", where Mum has taught me to "find the beam", or "find the bollard". I expertly guide her as instructed, then she winds things up and down, and opens and shuts big gates so that Dad can bring our home through.