Stud Dog Holder
To provide accommodation and care for a stud dog in the home environment from approximately 12 months of age.
Meet one of our existing Stud Dog Holders
Ruth, a retired teacher, has been a Stud Dog Holder for 15 years. Here she tells us what she enjoys about the role.
"I’d lived with dogs all my life, and was approached by Guide Dogs and asked if I would like to look after a dog. I went for a stud as the children were young and I was working part time. Valdaz, a yellow lab, was a gentle giant – it was love at first sight. He had a working life for 10 years and fathered 267 pups.
He was always cuddled by children wherever he went. The children would lie on the carpet with the dog, opening the Christmas stocking with him and for him, talking to the dog as if he were a human being.
I know the dogs aren’t mine, but it’s a real privilege to look after such a lovely animal and have their love and affection.
Whatever else has happened in your day, you have to walk the dog, and by the time I have walked him I’m calm. He’s a de-stresser! Having a dog was crucial for me to relax after work. It’s my quality time. Even if it’s raining, it’s wonderful!
I get to meet a lovely bunch of people, and next Monday we’re meeting for our monthly get together to hear about their dogs and lives."