They start off their training as puppies. Some dogs are bred specifically to be Guide Dogs but not all. When they are 18 months old they are allocated to a blind person. The blind person gives a donation of 50p to Guide Dogs for the Blind - not sure why... The dogs work for 10 years after which they go to someone to be looked after for the rest of their lives. The person who gets the retired Guide Dog does not pay for the dog, but must be in during the day to look after him/her.
The girls were told it takes £10 per day to keep a Guide Dog. They managed the maths to work out how much it would cost then over 10 years.... and they learnt that we can collect money by bringing in old mobile phones, or by recycling printer ink cartridges or toner.
They were told what types of dog are usually used as Guide Dogs. They got to pet the dog (who was GORGEOUS!).
We then did some Brownie stuff - points collation etc and then played a quick game before home time.
All in all - I thought it was good. If anyone wants to sponsor a puppy the Guide Dogs for the Blind website is: http://www.guidedogs.org.uk/.