BC & Alberta Guide Dogs announced the birth of 10 small Labrador puppies; two of the puppies were named “Bonnie” and “Henry” in honor of British Columbia Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.
“Dr. Henry has been a wonderful presence of calm and guidance during the COVID-19 pandemic, ”said Bill Thornton, CEO of BC & Alberta Guide Dogs. “Our organization felt it was a fitting tribute to name these little puppies after her, as they will one day grow up to provide those same qualities of advice and support to someone in need.
The litter of puppies will be in training to become guide dogs for the blind / visually impaired, assistance dogs for children with profound autism, and PTSD assistance dogs for veterans and living first responders. with operational stress injuries. At 8 weeks old, they will be placed with volunteer puppy breeders who will help train and raise the puppies, with the help and supervision of the organization, until they are ready to enter advanced training.
“Thank you for the incredible job BC Guide Dogs is doing, supporting so many people in British Columbia,” said Henry. “It’s an honor to have two such adorable namesakes. I would like to send you my warmest wishes for the continued success of your organization during what has been a difficult time for all of us. Taking a moment to appreciate the joy of two little puppies is therefore welcome.
For more photos of Bonnie and Henry and their litter mates, please visit the BC & Alberta Guide Dog website at: https://bcandalbertaguidedogs.com.