Verdi was born on 1st November 2015.
Her Mum is called Jodi and her Dad is called Flynn.
Verdi is a pure bred black Labrador.
Verdi’s start however was nothing like any of the others! She arrived on the 22nd December at 7 weeks old and we had a very chaotic Christmas and New Year. We had various family members arriving for a few days and then departing, sometimes over-lapping, it was certainly not a peaceful holiday! Nothing bothered her; she took it all in her stride.
We came back to a full on start to the Spring term, with all the pupils in on the first day and me working full time! (This was instead of us having the whole of the Summer holidays to accustom the pups to School life.) Verdi was a little SUPERSTAR, she didn’t bat an eyelid. No day is ever the same and emotions can run very high, if the puppies can handle this on a daily basis, they are pretty bomb proof when they leave!
My GD Supervisor came into School to meet Verdi during her third week, and arrived just as break-time was starting. We had to go against the flow of over 900 hungry, teenage boys heading for the dining room, to reach the House Office. My Supervisor, who has visited the School many times, (but not at feeding time,) said that she was going to tuck in behind me to walk down the corridor. It can be quite intimidating! However she was extremely impressed with the way Verdi, at 12 weeks old, threaded her way through all the legs, not a care in the world, in fact she actually seems to enjoy the challenge.
Verdi was a brilliant dog to have in School, we all loved her and I am sure she is going to make a superb Guide Dog.