Hilda the Labrador Retriever: A Pawsitive Progress Update

It’s been a whole year since we last shared an update on our sponsored guide dog puppy, Hilda. Let’s take a look at what she’s been up to…

When we first introduced Hilda, she was just a tiny bundle of fur with bright eyes and a promising future. Little did we know how much joy and purpose she would bring to those in need. Hilda, a Labrador Retriever, was born with the innate qualities essential for becoming a guide dog, and from the very beginning, she showed immense potential.

Throughout this past year, Hilda has been under the loving care and training of the Guide Dogs team. With unwavering dedication and support, they have nurtured her growth and honed her skills, preparing her for the important role she is destined to play. Guide Dogs is an incredible organisation that understands the challenges faced by those who lose their sight and how crucial it is to maintain their independence and freedom.

As we’ve followed Hilda’s progress, we have witnessed her transform from a playful pup into a confident and poised guide dog in training. The dedication of the trainers and the love they have poured into her development is evident in every step she takes.

We’re incredibly proud to share that Hilda has successfully passed all her major training assessments with flying colours! From basic obedience to more advanced skills, she has embraced each challenge with enthusiasm. Hilda’s intelligence, empathy, and adaptability have shone brightly during her training, making her a perfect fit for the role of a guide dog.

In the months to come, Hilda will undergo specialised training that focuses on assisting individuals with specific needs. Whether it’s guiding someone through bustling city streets, navigating public transportation, or providing unwavering support and companionship, Hilda will be well-prepared for her future role.

As we continue to support Hilda on her journey to becoming a fully-fledged guide dog, we also recognise that there are countless others who need assistance. The Guide Dogs organisation relies on donations to keep changing lives, and we encourage everyone to join us in supporting this worthy cause.

To learn more about Guide Dogs and how you can contribute to their life-changing work, please visit their website at www.guidedogs.org.uk.

A round of a-paws for BSS guide dog Brian on his first-year milestone!

A round of a-paws for BSS guide dog Brian on his first-year milestone! 

We’re so excited to announce that our wonderful Guide Dog, Brian, has reached his first-year milestone and has come on leaps and bounds since his last report card.

Named in memory of our Managing Director, Paul O’Reilly’s beloved Father-in-Law, Brian has learnt many valuable skills including obedience and behaviour to prepare him for life as a working guide dog. It’s wonderful to see how much he has grown over the last year, and we’re so proud of all the progress he continues to make.

Daniel Myatt of the Name a Puppy team commented: “On behalf of Brian and the Guide Dogs team, I’d like to sincerely thank Paul and his team for all of their support.

“When someone loses their sight, Guide Dogs is here to make sure they don’t lose their freedom as well. We rely on donations to continue our life-changing work. Every pound raised makes a difference to people in the UK living with sight loss. So we, and Brian, are incredibly grateful for their generosity!”

Guide dog training requires hard work and dedication from our furry friends, but we’re pleased to announce that Brian’s journey has been a triumph. His report card from the Puppy Training Supervisor clearly shows that he’s made significant progress and is well on his way to becoming a fully trained guide dog.

From the very beginning, Brian proved to be a fast learner and had only been training for a short time before progressing to the next level of his training. His four-month review demonstrated how keen Brian has been to learn and is always eager to please!

Since his last review, Brian has been mixing well with the other dogs, travelling well in the car and loves going on lots of ‘pawsome’ adventures, especially on long bus journeys.

Brian’s trainer describes him as a ‘dream to look after and coach’, adding that his obedience is already impressive, and he has no issues with learning. He has been dedicated to making good progress and we’re all really proud of him!

As a family-run business, we’re passionate about helping the charity, Guide Dogs UK, with their mission of assisting people who are visually impaired.

We hope Brian continues to excel and that one day he will help someone navigate situations or obstacles that they would otherwise be unable to.

Are you interested in supporting this fantastic charity? Find out how you can help by visiting www.guidedogs.org.uk

BSS guide dog Hilda is making ‘pawsome’ progress

BSS guide dog Hilda is making ‘pawsome’ progress

Introducing Hilda, the newest member of the BSS guide dog family, a beautiful 8-month-old Labrador Retriever.

Named in honour of Managing Director, Paul O’Reilly’s late grandmother, Hilda comes from a home with three dogs, which has played an important part in building her confidence around people and animals.

Guide dog training requires lots of hard work and dedication from our furry friends, but we’re pleased to announce that Hilda’s journey so far has been a triumph. Her report card from the Puppy Training Supervisor clearly shows that she’s made significant progress and is on track to guiding her new master.

After starting her training at just 7 weeks old, Hilda quickly learnt the correct walking pace, developed her personality and adapted well to her life as a guide dog. So far, Hilda has undergone basic training to build on key skills such as stopping at curbs, avoiding obstructions, navigating corners, travelling in a straight line and stopping for oncoming traffic.

Hilda’s trainer describes her as a ‘dream to look after and coach’, adding that her obedience is already impressive, and she has had no issues with learning. She has been dedicated to making good progress and we’re all really proud of her!

In another 6 months, Hilda will go to ‘big school’ where she will have more in-depth 1-2-1 coaching with professional guide dog specialists. From there, we expect Hilda to complete her training around her second birthday.

As a family-run business, we’re passionate about helping the charity, Guide Dogs UK, with their mission of assisting people who are visually impaired.

We hope Hilda continues to excel in her training and will one day help someone navigate situations or obstacles that they would otherwise be unable to.

Are you interested in supporting this fantastic charity? Find out how you can help by visiting www.guidedogs.org.uk

Check back in to see how Hilda is progressing on her journey. We’ll continue to share regular ‘pupdates’ and photos along the way!

We’ve really ‘sprayed’ a difference with Zebra-Coat paint

We’ve really ‘sprayed’ a difference with Zebra-Coat paint 

We’re always thrilled to see the before and after of every paint transformation project, whether that’s oddly shaped kitchen cupboards or large PVC garage doors. Using industry-leading Zebra-Coat uPVC paints is a much more cost-effective solution to refreshing windows and doors!

Zebra-Coat is a uPVC paint which can be used on a number of otherwise difficult to paint plastic-coated surfaces. With hard-wearing, fast-drying qualities, this paint is specially formulated to adhere directly to aluminum, PVC, composite doors and kitchen cupboards, making it the perfect alternative to the laminate finish achieved with foils.

To get the best finish and even coverage, we always recommend using Walcom spray equipment, such as spray guns which you can learn more about while searching for Zebra-Coat paint here.

Walcom’s Craig Bourke (The_Specky_Painter) has produced some fantastic videos of refinishing projects using Zebra-Coat paint and a Walcom spray gun. He demonstrates everything you need to know about refinishing projects, from careful surface preparation to achieving the best results every time.

In one of his videos, Craig reveals how to transform a kitchen on a budget by simply giving the cupboard doors a new lease of life. For this, he uses Zebra-Coat paint in a modern light grey shade and applies the coating using top-of-the-range Walcom spray equipment!

The impressive uPVC coatings’ key features and benefits include:

  • Contains a brand-new anti-microbial additive, Surface13 which protects surfaces from bacterial and fungal growth 24/7.
  • Hard-wearing and fast-drying, Zebra-Coat paint dries within just 15 minutes!
  • Available in a selection of different colours, including shades from the British Standard range.
  • Bespoke colour mixing and matching available.
  • Comes with a 10-year manufacturer’s warranty.
  • Manufactured in a range of sizes from 1-1000+ litres.
  • Adheres to multiple substrates including aluminum, PVC, kitchen cupboards, composite doors and much more!
  • Zebra-Coat is the ONLY uPVC coating with the Surface13 additive option.

As trusted suppliers and distributors of industry-leading Zebra-Coat paint, we’re proud to give tradesmen confidence in bringing a new lease of life to existing windows, doors and other exterior applications.

This specially formulated paint is not only perfect for tradesmen, but it’s also a great money-saving option for customers with a smaller budget for their new window frames and doors!

Browse our full range of Zebra-Coat paints here. Remember to use top-of-the-range Walcom spray-painting equipment for the best results, which is available from Beyond Surface Solutions.

We’ve joined forces with Fire Protection & Thermal Insulating Coatings company, Zenova Group PLC

We’ve joined forces with Fire Protection & Thermal Insulating Coatings company, Zenova Group PLC

We’re thrilled to announce our latest partnership with innovative fire safety and heat management technology group, Zenova.

Zenova has recently released a series of industry-leading and ground-breaking fire protection paints as well as insulation coatings for commercial & domestic buildings.

The impressive fire protection coatings’ key features and benefits are as follows:

  • Can be applied to multiple substrates.
  • Protects people, property, and pets.
  • Compartmentalises accidental fires to stop them from spreading to highly combustible items.
  • Keeps apartment fires contained to the unit where the fire starts.

Zenova’s thermal insulating paint incorporates the most modern insulating technology:

  • Reflects solar rays, including infrared radiation.
  • Retains internal heat by greatly reducing heat transfer.
  • Anti-condensation characteristics.
  • Needs only a thin layer; 0.5-3 mm.
  • Excellent adhesion to any surface, including metal, concrete, wood, glass etc.
  • Eco-friendly, non-toxic, non-flammable and odorless.

In terms of health and safety, here at BSS, we think this coating is a no brainer and we can foresee it being used across multiple industries as a standard in the near future.

Read about our official appointment as Zenova’s stockist and reseller here.

Celebrate St Paddy’s Day with 10% off all green paint

Celebrate St Paddy’s Day with 10% off all green paint

What better way to celebrate St Patrick’s Day than with a pint of perfectly poured Guinness…?

They say that the whole world is Irish on St. Patrick’s Day! Or at least, the whole world adopts a certain version of Irish culture.

Every 17th March, we break out our green clothing and wear four-leaf clover-shaped pins and glasses. Fortunately, the luck of the Irish applies all year round here at BSS. You can take advantage of our offers online and instore each week! To celebrate we are giving every customer 10% off all shades of green paint. From Absinthe Green to Irish Green, we have over 12,000 colours in our repertoire to choose from.

A bit of history

In modern-day Ireland, St. Patrick’s Day has traditionally been a religious occasion. In fact, up until the 1970s, Irish laws mandated that pubs be closed on March 17. Beginning in 1995, however, the Irish government began a national campaign to use interest in St. Patrick’s Day to drive tourism and showcase Ireland and Irish culture to the rest of the world.

Green is one of the colors in Ireland’s tri-colour flag, and it has been used in the flags of several Irish revolutionary groups throughout history. Ireland is the “Emerald Isle,” so named for its lush green landscape. Green is also the colour of spring, the shamrock, and the Chicago River, which the Midwestern city has dyed green on St. Patrick’s Day for the past four decades.

Why green?

As O’Reilly’s, we are quite patriotic and love the colour green for many reasons. We have explored why green paint is the best for interior and exterior walls so you can make the right colour choice!

Choosing the best green paint can be overwhelming, but our expert insight and suggestions will help you get it right.

For a bold, impactful colour which creates a strong outdoor presence, we love the amazing Green Smoke from, and we can match that paint for you today!

Why BSS?

As a national paint supplier, we distribute custom matched aerosols, car, commercial and industrial paints and refinishing products to a range of customers, from sole traders and workshops to large international enterprises, all from our central distribution and warehouse facility.

We offer colour matching and bespoke mixing using state-of-the-art equipment to a variety of sectors including; industrial, agricultural, rail, aviation, automotive, commercial, industrial wood and marine.

Get in touch today to place an order, don’t forget to mention your discount!

Brian Pupdate: training is a success  

We’re so excited to update you this month on our Guide Dog puppy Brian. The last few weeks have been busy with his first training report card!

So far, Brian has learnt many valuable skills including basic obedience and behaviour to prepare him for life as a working guide dog. He has been dedicated to his training and we’re so proud of all the progress he’s making.

Training to be a guide dog requires lots of hard work, but we’re pleased to announce his training has been a triumph. Brian’s report card from the Puppy Training Supervisor clearly shows just how well he’s doing.

Brian’s four-month review shows how keen he is to learn and is always eager to please. He mixes well with the other dogs, travels well in the car and loves going on long bus journeys. He will hopefully get to increase the number of day trips out and about as the months go on.

The report card states: “He is outgoing, confident and is a wonderful problem-solver.”

Even though Brian has only been training for a short space of time, he has come on leaps and bounds. As a family-run business, we’re passionate about helping this charity assist those who are visually impaired.

We hope Brian continues to excel in his training and will one day make a difference in somebody’s life so they can navigate situations or obstacles they normally wouldn’t be able to.

Interested in supporting this fantastic charity? Find more information at: www.guidedogs.org.uk

Remember to check back next month to see how Brian is progressing on his journey, we’ll continue to share lots of “pupdates” and photos as he grows!

 

 

 

 

 

 

BSS Guide Dog puppy Brian is settling in well!

We can’t believe how fast the time is going and our Guide Dog Brian is continuing to develop with the help of his Puppy Raiser, Sandra.

Brian is now 12 weeks old and is learning to explore his new home. Sandra can’t believe the progress he has made and describes him as a really confident, cheeky chappie!

Along with exploring his environment, Brian has some new company while he learns. His best friends are a five-year old ex-guide dog and Charlie the cat, who are helping to welcome him and make him feel more relaxed while he settles in.

It’s really important for Brian to feel comfortable, most puppies sleep between 18-20 hours per day, and he is now starting to adopt a good sleeping routine.

It’s common for most Guide Dog puppies to have some sleepless nights while they settle in, but this hasn’t been the case for Brian who has slept soundly almost every night he’s been with Sandra!

Another skill Brian is getting to grips with is toilet training. Most young pups will have a few accidents in the first few weeks because they’re trying to figure out where they need to go. However, Sandra has reported how well he’s picking this up and describes his progress as ‘absolutely excellent’.

The easiest way to teach Brian new training skills is by giving lots of positive praise and rewards. Sandra has been giving him treats to teach him basic commands, such as ‘sit’, ‘down’ and ‘stay’.

Brian is a really smart puppy, which is common in most Guide Dog breeds, who can easily pick up on human emotions. They’re thought to be as smart as a two-year-old.

Did you know Guide Dogs can learn over 160 words?

While Brian has been settling in with Sandra, he has begun to go on longer car journeys to introduce him to lots of new environments and mould him into a comfortable and confident puppy.

His latest trip was a caravan holiday to Devon, which he absolutely loved. He spent his time exploring new surroundings.

We are so pleased with Brian’s training progress; he’s starting to turn into a bright little puppy who’s learning lots of new skills and is settling in well.

We’ve been sponsoring Brian since May and named him in honour of Brian Gregory, (Paul’s Father-in-Law). If you want to see just how much progress Brian has made in such a short space of time, you can read one of our previous blogs.

We can’t wait to see what Brian gets up to next! Want to find out about how to support this amazing charity? Discover more information at www.guidedogs.org.uk

Remember to check back next month to see how Brian is progressing with his training, we’ll be sharing regular “pupdates” on our Facebook, LinkedIn and Instagram as he grows!

Take part in our charity raffle for Guide Dogs!

Dog Draw LeafletBe in with a chance of winning prizes worth over £500.

Ask a member of staff in store or anyone of our delivery drivers for tickets.

Thanks to Fastmover for donating the prizes!

Items up for raffle are:

  • Fastmover Ft1027 sander kit
  • Iwata w-400 Red Dragon limited edition spray gun
  • Duren 625627 air operated 75mm palm sander
  • Fast Mover FMT5537 6pc hand sanding block kit

Be quick, tickets will be drawn Thursday 30th September!

Tickets are £5 per strip.

BSS guide dog starts his training

BSS guide dog starts his training

We’re so pleased to give you an update on our guide dog puppy Brian. He is doing really well and growing every week.

In the past few months he has started to transform and become a responsible guide dog.

Now 8 weeks old, Brian is learning to explore his new environment at the National Breeding Centre.

He is enjoying the variety of indoor and outdoor play areas and socialising with the other puppies at the centre.

Brian will soon have his own dedicated Puppy Walker who will look after him and teach good social behaviours, like:

  • Getting used to different sights and sounds
  • Feeling confident walking in town centres
  • Understanding how to use public transport

It’s incredible to think Brian will soon be helping someone living with sight loss to help improve their lives for the better.

It’s so important to support the Guide Dogs charity. At BSS we’re keen to follow Brian’s progress in memory of one of our close family members.

We can’t wait to see what Brian gets up to next! Want to find out about how to support this amazing charity? Find more information at https://www.guidedogs.org.uk

Remember to check back next month to see how Brian is progressing with his training, we’ll be sharing regular pupdates as he grows!

 

 

 

Well done to James Morris on your championship win  

At Beyond Surface Solutions we have been following the progress of young Hot Rod driver James Morris for a few years now.   

We have a great relationship with James and his team, and the BSS Group is an ongoing sponsor for James. So, you can imagine how thrilled we were for the young driver when he took home the gold trophy in the 2.0 Hot Rod 2021 Championship of this World this weekend at Agahadowey Oval. He went up against 34 skilled drivers and came out on top.   

Runners up Dave Leech (2nd) and Jordan Rochford (3rd) were excellent opponents, and it was a thrilling race to behold. Well done, of course, to everyone who took part too.  

The win also came with a further prize for James, two Hoosier Racing Tires! Two excellent products from the internationally renowned tire supplier.  

 We can’t wait to see how James will do in his next race! Congratulations James on a great win!   

Read the Race Report here http://www.dmcracepromotions.com/

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BSS puppy is growing fast!

We are delighted to update you on the latest news from our adorable guide dog puppy Hilda.

Hilda continues to grow everyday as she develops from a tiny uncoordinated bundle of fluff to a hard-working dog ready to become an excellent guide dog.

Learning lots of new skills from her Puppy Raiser, Jennifer she now wears a puppy jacket while out walking to stop her from getting distracted.

The latest report states “Jennifer is very pleased with Hilda’s excellent recall, even though she is a sociable girl who enjoys playing with all her doggy pals, she always comes back when called”

Through this challenging times of 2020 it has been hard to get out and train Hilda in a social setting. With the world now opening up again she has coped really well with experiencing all the new environments.

So far Hilda has had fun exploring busy shopping centres, cafes and restaurants. Her trainer states ‘Hilda is a lovely girl who is a joy to look after’.

We can’t wait to see what Hilda gets up to next.! Want to find out about how to support this amazing charity? Find more information at https://www.guidedogs.org.uk

Remember to check back next month to see how Hilda is progressing with her training, we’ll be sharing regular pupdate as she grows!