is one!

Tuesday January 11, 2022

Before the end of the Autumn term, Concord received communication from Guide Dogs that the College’s sponsored Guide Dog puppy, Harmony, had celebrated her first birthday. Born on 21st November 2020, the female Labrador cross Golden Retriever – who has 11 siblings on the Guide Dogs training scheme – was named Harmony, after one of Concord’s key values, and the very definition of the word Concord. In an email to the College, Guide Dogs’ ‘Name a Puppy Fulfilment Team’ said: “Thank you so much for all your support of us here at Guide Dogs. Your wonderful donation means that we are able to carry on our life changing work of supporting someone living with sight loss. “We’re sure you’ll join us in wishing Harmony a very happy birthday, and we thank you for being part of their story.” Said Maria Novell, Director of Fundraising and Marketing at Guide Dogs: “Thanks to your generous support, this very special puppy has had an amazing first year, and I hope that you have enjoyed following her development and adventures. “Harmony will hopefully soon progress to the next stage... Each puppy is unique and develops at their own pace, and some pups might not enter this next stage until they are 15 months old, so it may be a little while before we are able to share the amazing news that they have moved on with you.” Staff and students at Concord are eagerly waiting to find out when Harmony will progress onto the next stage of her Guide Dogs training programme. Harmony’s Puppy Supervisor, Geraldine commented: “Harmony is an intelligent, playful girl and she has been a pleasure to raise.” While Harmony’s visit to Concord at the end of last term had to be cancelled, the College was delighted to receive a video update of Harmony’s progress from her Puppy Supervisor, which you can view below: