A black Labrador puppy named Lincoln won the hearts of Hucknall Men’s Probus Club members at their June monthly meeting.
Six-month-old Lincoln is being trained as a guide dog for the blind and he accompanied the Rev Barbara Holbrook at the meeting.
Barbara, who is rector of Kimberley and Nuthall, gave a talk about her role as a volunteer puppy walker with Guide Dogs for the Blind.
Lincoln showed how well trained he is, although he could not resist the chance of an exploratory walkabout in the lounge of the Station Hotel, where the meeting took place.
Before leaving, Barbara picked Lincoln up and he waved goodbye to the members with his front paws.
Barbara said the charity was committed to providing guide dogs for as many blind or partially-sighted people as possible.
She told the members it provided necessary equipment free of charge as well as financial assistance for things like food or veterinary bills if needed.
The speaker also said the Blind Children UK organisation worked closely with Guide Dogs to ‘open up the world’ for youngsters with sight loss.
She stressed the importance of building up a 50-50 partnership between blind people and guide dogs. Mobility instructors were available to help with the use of harness.
Barbara pointed out that training and upkeep of a guide dog cost £50,000, which was raised by voluntary contributions.
She added that Guide Dogs campaigned passionately on issues that affected the independence and mobility of people with sight loss.
The charity is currently pressing the European Union to bring in regulations for electric cars to make a noise, which is an important factor for guide dogs when crossing roads.