Reading Scientific Services Ltd (RSSL) will soon be welcoming a golden retriever puppy to the team. Their new four-legged friend will the second to be sponsored by the contract research organisation as part of the Dogs for Good Puppy Partner community scheme. As they wait to hear whether they have been matched with a male or female puppy, finding a name is top of the agenda.
“We are delighted to continue our involvement with this amazing charity. Having been through this experience a few years ago, we know that it’s hugely rewarding for everyone concerned. Most importantly, we recognise how much comfort these therapy and assistance dogs brings to those facing difficult challenges in life. We’re looking forward to following our puppy’s adventures and watching them grow into a fully-trained adult dog capable of bringing joy, support and companionship - values that we actively encourage at RSSL,” says Jacinta George, managing director for RSSL.
Dogs for Good is a charity that brings people and dogs together through its assistance, community and family dog programmes to make a life changing difference. Helping a child with autism and their family, an adult with disabilities or children with special educational needs, are just some of the possibilities.
RSSL’s young pooch will remain with their mum and siblings until early November when they will be placed in the family home of puppy socialiser, John, for the first important weeks of puppy training. In the meantime, the biggest challenge is finding a name.
“Not surprisingly, this has created a great deal of excitement and debate. The only guidance from Dogs For Good is the name must begin with the letter ‘A’, which is the same for all the puppies in this particular litter. We also have the added mystery of not knowing if our puppy will be male or female, so that may inspire more gender-neutral suggestions along with more traditional names. Either way, we can’t wait to find out,” adds Jacinta George, managing director for RSSL.