Fairwell to MP’s Faithful friend

A Dog's Life: MP David Blunkett's former guide dog Sadie is enjoying a happy retirement in the Derbyshire Dales with her new owner Jane Slaney.
A Dog's Life: MP David Blunkett's former guide dog Sadie is enjoying a happy retirement in the Derbyshire Dales with her new owner Jane Slaney.

“Sadie was my fifth guide dog and it’s always difficult and tearful when you have to part company with your guide dog,” said 64-year-old Sheffield Labour MP David Blunkett, who lives on the Chatsworth estate.

“We’ve been everywhere and experienced all sorts of interesting things with Sadie, meeting former US President George W. Bush, Russian President Vladimir Putin and the Queen.

“Our happiest memories are walking in the Derbyshire countryside where she learned not to chase sheep but she’s never been able to resist squirrels.”

Sadie, who is 11 years old in December, has served alongside three Labour leaders and there have been some memorable moments during her political career.

Mr Blunkett recalled the occasion when she was introduced to Vladimir Putin and protectively barked at the Russian leader’s honour guard when they ceremonially drew their swords.

“She has been invaluable in helping me carry out my duties as an MP and Cabinet Member and I will miss her but she deserves a long a happy retirement,” he said.

Sadie has now been found a new home in the Peak District where she can enjoy a well earned retirement with new owner Jane Slaney thanks to the work of the Guide Dogs for the Blind Association.

For the full feature and more pictures see this weeks Derbyshire Times.