Charlie and Me – 9 October 1999


9 October 1999, Melbourne

This is seven month old guide-dog puppy, Charlie. He was my pride and joy for twelve months when I was his puppy-raiser. He was a very diligent worker. He became a professional dog after graduating with flying colours from his full training at Guide Dogs Victoria.

Charlie became a lifeline for a lovely woman whose eyesight had deteriorated rapidly in the years leading up to her application for a guide-dog. I imagine he would be well and truly retired by now, if not already in doggy heaven.

Although not recorded on the back of the strip, this was most likely taken in one of the Flinders Street photobooths, as I made every effort to get Charlie into town regularly for his socialisation and traffic training.

This strip of photos is from my series Photobooth 41 Year Project. You can see all the posts that document the series by clicking here.

  1. John said:

    Love this, and so awesome that you train these dogs for such a great cause. I saw a dog in training the other day in a restaurant. Actually I seem to see dogs in training a lot here. You look kinda like that girl at the top of the sidebar aye? 😉


    • Hi John, I haven’t done this type of volunteer work for 10 years now but it was a very rewarding thing to do and great fun.


    • Indeed I am, as he did very well coping with being on my knee and the flashes from the camera!


  2. Adlers said:

    Hi there , Lorraine here. We just finishing a 1950 photo booth restoration here in Melbourne. Maybe u would like to c it at some stage. Bye f for now


  3. Lisa said:

    sweet doggie – what a great photo!


  4. Mike said:

    Adorable. And Charlie is nice too.


      • Mike said:

        Hey Kat, I am out of state on the way to a 3 week holiday. Will gather many images, but be sketchy so far as internet.
        I love to make you giggle.


  5. Any day I open a post and find Katherine in the Photobooth is a good day!


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