Guide dog owner Ben Good, from Fareham in Hampshire, has been awarded an MBE for services to people with vision impairment. Ben was awarded his MBE by His Majesty King Charles III, but the real star of the show was guide dog Stamp, who not only accompanied Ben to receive his award but licked King Charles’ hand!
The Royal Family shared the news on their Instagram account, in a post celebrating Ben and others who received honors at Windsor Castle during the ceremony:
Stamp was named by the Royal Mail parcel office in Norwich. She is Ben’s fourth guide dog and joined him in early November. Ben says, “I will say that His Majesty made no attempt to distract my guide dog, she went to say hello to him rather than the other way around!”
Stamp’s puppy raiser, Richard Bussien, said how proud he was to have been part of her journey. “We were highly delighted to see Stamp and Ben at Windsor Castle collecting his MBE. Well-deserved for his work for visually impaired people,” said Richard.
Stamp was the fifth Guide Dogs puppy Richard has raised and he is already on to his sixth – Margo, a puppy in training.
Everyone at Guide Dogs would like to extend our warmest congratulations to Ben on his remarkable achievement, and our deepest thanks to Richard for all his efforts with Stamp.