Jordie and Bronwen

Our Progress

Total minutes walked

3,300

of 1,860 target

SUPPORT MY CHALLENGE TO RAISE GUIDE DOGS

2021 marks the 4th year that Jordie (our black lab) and I have done Pawgust. Pawgust for us is about raising awareness for the fantastic work that Guide Dogs Australia does and it's about raising funds for the Guide Dogs to be able to do what they do.
If you're wondering what Pawgust is - it's a commitment to walk 30 mins a day for all of August. This year we have upped the ante and we have committed to walking 60 mins every day.

It takes  $A50,000 to provide 1 guide dog to a client. In the first 3 years of Pawgust, Jordie and I have raised nearly $40,000 with your very generous support. At the end of August 2021, I'm hoping we will be able to say we have raised enough for 1 guide dog. So we've set ourselves a big target. And we won't stop there - we will then start raising for the 2nd guide dog.

Please consider supporting us. Every bit counts.

Thanks. B & J  

My Achievements

Registered Added a profile picture Donated to myself Shared page on Facebook Shared page via email Halfway to $ target Reached $ target Logged first walk/run Halfway to MINS target Reached MINS target

Thank you to my SupPAWters

$3k

Australian Philanthropic Services Foundation

$2.5k

Coolabah Capital Investments Unit Trust

$2.14k

Zenith Investment Partners Pty Ltd

$2.01k

Paul Moore

Keep on walking, give Jordie a big pat from me, Regards Paul

$2.01k

Anonymous

$1.01k

Peter Lee Associates

Another year, another great effort!

$1.01k

Ian Macoun

Congratulations, Bronwen. Fantastic effort for a great cause. Cheers, Ian

$1.01k

Roger & The Montgomery Team

Thank you Bronwen for again creating the opportunity for all of us to participate.

$510

Jamieson Coote Bonds

good luck fantastic effort!

$500

Federation Asset Management

Great cause and well done!

$500

Bronwen Moncrieff

$500

Bobby Bostic

Love what you’re doing Bronwen!

$310

Steve Shepherd

$300

George Walker

$300

Matt Gaden

Great cause Bronwen and well done on braving the cold with your furry friends during August !

$300

Jenny Josling

Great work Bronwen - keep it up!!

$300

George Walker

$300

Miles Bellman

A wonderful cause Bronwen - Bravo.

$260

Mark Landau

$260

Damien Mcintyre

Keep those steps up with Jordie, Bron! Bests Damo

$250

Seed Partnerships Pty Ltd

$250

Ugly Fish Eyewear Matched Donation

$250

Bronwen Moncrieff

$208.80

Stu Devlin

Nice work Jordie and Bronwen

$208.80

Jason Ciccolallo

Well done Bronwen and Jordie, go and get em!

$208.80

David Wright

Great effort Jordie and keep Bronwen walking! 😀

$208.80

Kerrie Howard

Good luck Bronwen and Jordie, you are an inspiration!

$208.80

Melissa Ridley

Amazing effort Bronwen and Jordie!!! From all the team at Bell Asset Management

$208.80

Montagu Stephens

Keep up the good work Jordie.

$200

Felicia Owers

Amazing work Bronwen and Jordie! So close o reaching your goal now, happy we can help you get there.

$200

George And Ruth Mihaly

We’ll done 🤗

$200

Zane Bernstein

$200

Maree Paton

Hello Bron, You never cease to amaze me. Brilliant effort. Cheers Maree

$156.60

Fawaz Rashid

Well done again.

$156.60

E Trinh

Amazing job and an inspiration to us all : )

$156.60

Paul Whymper-williams

$156.60

Rodney Sebire

Great job B - fantastic cause and great achievement to fund (almost) a guide dog over several years of fundraising....

$150

Frank Casarotti

Well done B+J....keep up the effort!!

$150

Will Spraggett

$129.46

Karen Lux

$129.46

James Martin

Best of luck with the fundraising Bronwen!

$129.46

Dan Powell

$129.46

Lisa Rose

All the best Bronwen & Jordie!

$129.46

Anonymous

$129.46

Murray Brewer

Well done Bron, we are so proud of your efforts

$129.46

Jason H

Well done (again) to you and Jordie, B. The Guide Dogs and their owners are lucky to have you both.

$129.46

Kate Mcdermott

Great work Jordie and Bronwen. Fantastic cause. Hope you are both well! Regards, Kate Mc

$129.46

Frank Villante

Best of luck Bronwen and Jordie

$129.46

Darren Hall

Great to see Bronwen keep up the good work to support our fury friends!

$129.46

Meera Patel

$129.46

Ben Davis

Great job Bron, great cause

$129.46

Alex Rolfe

$129.46

Jenine Hayman

A fantastic effort by yourself and Jordie - good luck!!

$129.46

Megan Aubrey

$129.46

Charles Stodart

Well done, Bronwen and Jordie - impressive commitment over a number of years

$129.46

Matthew Dell

Jordie get down off the cupbard and get walking! Mother is trying to raise some assets for a good casue!

$125

Judy Moncrieff

$125

Graeme Moncrieff

$124

Veronik

$124

Ann Duncan

You and Jordie make a great team!!

$124

Jon Stretch

Good stuff Jordie and Bronny!

$124

Leola Ross

So glad you are doing this great program. 🥰

$104.40

Trudy Greaves

Great work once again Bron & Jordie! Look forward to keeping updated with your Pawgust journey. T

$104.40

Stephen Hiscock

Keep up the great work / walk!

$104.40

Linda Kang

Go Team Bronwen and Jordie!

$104.40

Jaxon Rudduck

$104.40

Ruth Woods

Well done Bronwen - I hope you get to your goal!

$104.40

Linda Stangherlin

Such a great cause.. big hugs to You both.. Go team Jordie!

$104.40

Donna Lee

Well done Miss Jordie and Bron. Gina and I support you every step. xx

$104.40

Laird Abernethy

$104.40

Tracy Brown

Well done Bronwen and Jordie x

$100

Rowena Cole

Congratulations - and always enjoy the updates.

$100

Janelle Tarabay

Fantastic effort Bron and Jordie - well done on another year supporting this great cause!

$100

Toby Potter

Our dogs will be devastated when lockdown ends and we are all back to the office- no more company and a lot less exercise.

$100

Luke Mandekic

Well done Bron, great cause!!

$100

Peter Moran

Another great effort you two xx

$100

Anna Schofield

$78.30

Chris And Steve

Keep up the good work Bron and Jordie!

$57.42

Christina Christopherson

What an amazing initiative Bronwen. Every time I see a guide dog I am reminded of the great work you do to support this fabulous cause:)

$57.42

Patrick Ireland

$57.42

Isrin Khor

$57.42

Penny Hendricksen

Fantastic work Bron and Jordie!!

$57.42

Libby N

Well done Bronwen and Jordie- again! You are an inspiration.

$57.42

Eleanor Menniti

$57.42

Bridie S

Go Bronwen + Jordie, Go!

$57.42

Peterhatzoglou@outlook.com

Love it Bron. Hope all’s well :)

$57.42

Lisa Chadwick

Best of luck Bron

$57.42

Lisa Roberts

Keep up the good work Bron & Jordie. X

$57.42

Aman Kashyap

Congrats and well done on the continued commitment to this great cause. All the very best with the Fund raising.

$57.42

Video Experts

Great to see you doing this again Bron - awesome work!

$57.42

Louise Thompson

Congratulations Bron and Jordie

$57.42

Rob Bluzmanis

Go Jordie & Bronwen!!!

$57.42

Ruby Hawker

Well done Bron and Jordie! x

$57.42

Manuela Sikos

Keep up the great work Bron & Jordan!

$57.42

Anna Aitken

What a fabulous cause - very happy to support Ax

$57.42

Judith O'neill

$57.42

Ray Macken

Amazing work again Bron (and Jordie)!!

$57.42

Bonnie C

$57.42

Adrienne Bisset

Great job Jordie and Bronwen, such a wonderful cause!!

$57.42

Anonymous

$57.42

Jordan Tang

Well done good initiative. Cheers JT

$57.42

Amy Teh

What a great cause B & J!

$57.42

Rebecca Collins

$57.42

Dugald Higgins

Great work B&J!

$57.42

Amanda Ayshford

$55

Andrew Hall

Congratulations, keep up the pace.

$55

Mani P

Great work Bronwen (& Jordie of course).

$55

Jacob Smart

$55

Nick Cregan

Go Jordie & Bronwen! Great cause!

$52.20

Thakshi W

$52.20

Daniel Micallef

Go Bron!

$52.20

Tom Goodrich

Great work, Bron. 60 minutes a day is a great effort!

$52.20

Well Done Bron & Jordie! Wonderful Team ?

$50

Judy Moncrieff

$50

Thakshi Wijesundara

$50

Stephen Colwell

Awesome work J and B, love your work!

$50

Adele O'shannassy

Nice work B!

$41.76

Darlene White

Good luck Bron - amazing work!

$31.32

Michael Angwin

Well done Bronwen and Jordie for supporting a great cause.

$31.32

Tom Bernard

Great work B!

$31.32

Michelle Dunstone

You are an inspiration Bronwyn! Great work. Hope you can reach your target.

$31.32

Annika Bradley

$31.32

John Gertsakis

Tip top effort Jordie and Bronwen!

$31.32

Such A Great Cause Well Done Bronwen?

$31.32

Kellie Medlock

$31.32

Holly Bruce

$31.32

Matt Martusewicz

Great cause! All the best!

$31.32

Tom White

Great work Bron & Jordie!!

$30.28

Anthony Purcell

$30

Philip Dang

$30

Mark Williams

Fantastic cause, all the best J & B!!!

$30

Declan And Cadell

Keep walking fursister!

$30

Alex Mccormick

$26.10

Congrats On Such An Amazing Accomplishment.

$20.88

Nathan & Jewell

Way to go Jordie and Bron!! Keep up the great effort!!

$19.54

Wendy Meehan

My Updates

Pawgust #4 done and dusted

Happy to report:
We walked every day, rain, hail or shine.
We walked more than 60 mins every day, but not more than 120 mins, because that would have been against the lockdown rules.
We have now started raising $ for guide dog #2. 
Yes, that's right, in our 4th year of Pawgust, our cumulative fundraising total has clicked over $50,000, which is the cost to provide 1 guide dog.
We thank you for your support and words of encouragement.
B and Jordie

Guide Dog #2

Wow ! Thanks to the incredible generosity of many people, I'm very happy to report that at this point on our 4 year Pawgust journey - Jordie has raised enough $ for 1 guide dog!! That is, more than $50,000 over the last 4 years.  We are now raising $ for guide dog #2!!!

Party Central

When the pups are 12 to 15 months old they get called back to the Guide Dogs for 1 to 2 weeks of intensive testing and health checks.
The kennels and training facility at Guide Dogs HQ in Kew is affectionally referred to as Party Central - hard work for the dogs, but they have a fabulous time with all of their friends. It normally takes a few days for the pups to recover from a week at Party Central. ? They come home so tired!!

During the assessment week they assess whether the pup has what it takes to be a guide dog. Very high standards as you would expect.  If not a guide, there are lots of other career options for these amazing pups - if not a guide,  maybe a breeding dog, or a support dogs in all sorts of situations.  And sometimes, they choose the life of a pet! That's what happened with our Jordie. Now Jordie devotes her time to managing the frequent 4 legged visitors we have because we provide temporary care for the Guide Dogs and to raising money for the Guide Dogs so they can keep doing their wonderful work.

Edna - learing to find an empty seat on public transport

Edna in action  - tram training targeting empty seats, which is an easy task at the moment on public transport (Covid!).
The description provided by Edna's trainer that describes what's going on in the pic:  black Labrador Edna in a sit position with her nose pointing to the empty seat.  Edna has guided the trainer to this spot"

Edna with her training buddies

Edna has been back at Guide Dogs Victoria for around 9 weeks. We generally get to see photos and get a training update at the end of each week. The puppy raisiers really look forward to the pics - we love seeing them all, whether we raised them or not.  The pups are assigned to a single trainer for the duration of their training, and they are typically in a group of 4 to 6, and the same dogs stay together with the same trainer. 

End of Day 5 - as we head in to Lockdown 6.0 in Victoria

Thankfully we are allowed out for 2 hours of exercise a day, fully masked up, no more than 5km from home. On top of our walking goal I think we might have to set ourselves a daily goal of documenting ourselves in the full glory of our orange Pawgust gear!!

End of Day 5 and let me introduce you to Edna

We've been out walking every day so far - twice each day in fact!! A bit chilly, a bit of rain and all covid/lockdown compliant and masked up here in VIC!

Our main volunteer role for the Guide Dogs is to provide temporary care for guide dog puppies.  That means that when someone who has a pup full time is going away and can't take the pup, they come and stay with us.  Of course, with covid and lockdowns people haven't been going away, so we haven't had as many guests as usual. We have still had a few guests, so I'm going to explain, who, why etc.

Edna turned two in May this year and came to stay with us in early March.  We didn't know exactly how long she would be with us - but she was waiting for a spot in the training program.  Covid has thrown a spanner in the works for many things, including training guide dogs and matching them with clients. Training schedules were pushed out, new puppies were still being born, and Edna's primary puppy raiser had taken on another puppy, expecting Edna to start her training.  Well - training got delayed, and having two under two was definitely more than a handful for one person, so that's where we stepped in.
For April and most of May - I was back working in the city office 3 days a week, which meant that Edna came into the office to work, wearing her orange training jacket. The jacket represents a harness - and it represents work time. When the jacket is on - it's business, no sniffing, not to be distracted by other dogs/things - focus. And she's not to be patted. It's like a guide dog in harness - you shouldn't pat them, or try to call them or distract them from doing what they have to do for their person. No harness, or orange jacket - that's when they can do normal dog stuff!!

A day in the office provides many training/life experience opportunities.  We would try and include a tram ride - which helps with getting used to getting on/off, getting comfortable with the movement, learning to sit under the seat, or nice and compact out of the way. At work, I have a dog bed under my desk, and the pup needs to hop into that and sleep the day away, or quietly chew away on some chew toys I have for them.  If I go to a meeting, to the kitchen, bathroom etc, Edna comes with me, wearing her orange jacket. I have been in meetings where I have got up to leave, and people had no idea I had a dog with me, who had been asleep under the table all along. One of the things you do as a puppy raiser is teach the pups to toilet on command.  So that is another thing we would do during the day - a couple trips outside for "quick quicks".  That's the magic command!

Edna was with us for 3.5 months and started her training mid June. Fingers crossed!