Guide Dog Davey learning the ropes

Published 2:00pm 18 May 2023

Guide Dog Davey learning the ropes
Words by Jodie Powell

A Guide Dog puppy named in honour of Senior-Constable Dave Masters, who lost his life in the line of duty, is impressing trainers with his enthusiasm.

Moreton Region Crime Prevention Unit community engagement officer Senior-Constable Jo Arthur says Guide Dogs Queensland is training Davey, who will hopefully transition to the next stage of training in June.

Sen-Constable Masters, from Deception Bay Police Station, was tragically killed on the Bruce Highway at Burpengary while on duty on June 26, 2021.

He grew up on the Redcliffe Peninsula, went to school here, did a trade at a local car dealership and met and married his wife here.

Sen-Constable Masters then went on to police at Redcliffe, Bribie Island and the Mounted Unit and finally Deception Bay.

Usually sponsors and donors name new pups, but last year Guide Dogs Queensland gave the public the opportunity to name their newest litter, with Davey chosen to honour Sen-Constable Masters.

Out and about

“Recently, Davey attended the Chermside Shopping Centre where he practiced all his skills including navigating steps, heights, different surfaces and busy traffic,” Sen-Constable Arthur says.

“He was also introduced to escalators and did very well, and showed enthusiasm getting on and off the escalator.

“Davey has been thoroughly enjoying his weekly free running at Bald Hills, and loves to play with the other dogs.

“He is a sensitive boy but is gradually gaining more confidence.”

Sen-Constable Arthur says Davey lives in a home with children, and attends various sporting activities, where he is very well behaved.

“His favourite toys are his Kong Wobbler and his squeaky chicken, and his favourite pastime is his training walks with his carer and educator.”

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