Two guide dogs in training were taken on the Transpenine Express to celebrate National Dog Day, while, at the same time, taking the opportunity to get used to busy train and station environments.
Zea, a black Labrador, and Elli, a yellow Labrador-Golden Retriever cross, have been training to become guide dogs for 14 weeks.
However, as Thursday 26 August 2021 was National Dog Day, trainers Kim Brooking and Laura Taylor gave the two dogs a trip out to familiarise themselves with a railway setting.
Natasha Marsay, accessibility and integration manager for TransPennine Express, said: “We were delighted to be able to help Zea and Elli enjoy their day off from their regular training routines for National Dog Day.
“Guide Dogs can be a huge help for people who have a visual impairment, enabling them to be more independent and connect with others.
“After more than a year of reduced interactions due to the pandemic, TransPennine Express and Guide Dogs know that now, more than ever, getting together has never felt better.”
Shirley Morgan, communications manager for Guide Dogs North West, said: “It was fantastic for Zea and Elli to visit the station and board a TransPennine Express train to celebrate National Dog Day.
“At Guide Dogs, our ambition is a future where every person with sight loss has the confidence and support they need to live their lives to the full. Using trains, buses and getting out and about independently is a huge part of that. We are aiming to support more people year on year, either through our dogs or through our broad range of other services for vision impaired adults and children.”