Guide dog pups named Bonnie and Henry in honour of B.C.’s top doctor

British Columbia’s top doctor, who’s guided the province through the entirety of the pandemic so far, now has a pair of guide dogs named in her honour.

BC and Alberta Guide Dogs announced the birth of 10 Labrador puppies yesterday, two of which have been named Bonnie and Henry as a tribute to B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry.

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“Dr. Henry has been a wonderful presence of calm and guidance through the COVID-19 pandemic,” stated Bill Thornton, CEO of BC and Alberta Guide Dogs, in a press release. “Our organization felt that it was a fitting tribute to name these little puppies after her, as they will one day grow up to provide those same qualities of guidance and support to someone in need.”  

The pups are slated to begin training soon, according to the release. They will become guide dogs for people living with sight loss, autism, or post-traumatic stress disorder after serving in the military or as emergency first-responders.

Dr. Henry also commented on the doggie tribute.

“Thank you for the incredible work that BC Guide Dogs does, supporting so many people in British Columbia. It is an honour to have two such adorable namesakes,” stated Henry.

BC and Alberta Guide Dogs’ annual Woof-a-Thon Virtual Challenge fundraiser is currently on until Oct. 11, with the goal of raising $70,000.

In this year’s virtual iteration of the fundraiser, participants or teams are encouraged to choose an activity to complete and collect pledges between Oct. 4 and Oct. 10.

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