Dogs on Duty for R U OK? Day

Before Pets of Transport met up with Xavier and Vincent, we knew they were passionate about two things: Helping people and SuperCoat Chicken and Rice dog food.

So it's safe to say, we didn't quite know what to expect.

But before our interview, the two Labradors looked like a couple of true professionals. There was no intrusive sniffing, loud barking or unannounced bathroom breaks. In fact, they oozed the kind of sophistication you’d expect from a working dog.

Xavier and Vincent are therapy dogs with Guide Dogs NSW, they dropped by our Lee Street office to lend a helping paw for R U OK? Day.



Pets of Transport: Vincent, welcome to Transport for NSW. We’re so glad to have you here for R U OK? Day.

Vincent: Thanks guys, it’s great to be here at the Lee Street office. What can I say? The event looks awesome, there’s a fantastic turn out and some real excitement in the air here. I mean, I’m totally colour blind. But don’t get me wrong, I can tell that this room is just buzzing.

PoT: Now Vincent, you’re a veteran of the industry; you’ve lent your soft, adorable ears to many conversations over the years. What’s your favourite thing about helping people?

V: I just love how much people open up to their pets! And it doesn’t hurt that they usually scratch my ears while they're doing it. I think everyone needs to know that to help someone you don’t need to be an expert, just a good listener. Trust me, it’ll help them open up.

PoT: That’s just lovely. Surely sometimes the job can take its toll; what do you do to kick back and destress when that happens?

V: Oh guys, that’s an easy one! I love going for a run with the birds in the backyard. A run with the postie as he scoots past. A run with the Pomeranian from the house next door. A run with the Beagle from the other house next door.

PoT: Oh wow, it seems like you really love--

V: Did I mention running with my human? I guess you could say I just really love getting out and about.

PoT: Vincent, we can see Rodd Staples calling you on stage as we speak, so we’ll have to wrap it up there.

P: Thanks again guys! I’ll hand you over to Xavier for a chat.

PoT: So Xavier, how does it feel to be a part of such a successful morning tea for R U OK? Day?

X: *silence*

Like a seasoned professional, Xavier remained humble when asked about his contribution to the day, choosing only to chew nervously at our microphone before reporting to the snack table for some so-called “official investigations”.



Before Pets of Transport met up with Xavier and Vincent, we knew they were passionate about two things: Helping people and SuperCoat Chicken and Rice dog food.

So it's safe to say, we didn't quite know what to expect.

But before our interview, the two Labradors looked like a couple of true professionals. There was no intrusive sniffing, loud barking or unannounced bathroom breaks. In fact, they oozed the kind of sophistication you’d expect from a working dog.

Xavier and Vincent are therapy dogs with Guide Dogs NSW, they dropped by our Lee Street office to lend a helping paw for R U OK? Day.



Pets of Transport: Vincent, welcome to Transport for NSW. We’re so glad to have you here for R U OK? Day.

Vincent: Thanks guys, it’s great to be here at the Lee Street office. What can I say? The event looks awesome, there’s a fantastic turn out and some real excitement in the air here. I mean, I’m totally colour blind. But don’t get me wrong, I can tell that this room is just buzzing.

PoT: Now Vincent, you’re a veteran of the industry; you’ve lent your soft, adorable ears to many conversations over the years. What’s your favourite thing about helping people?

V: I just love how much people open up to their pets! And it doesn’t hurt that they usually scratch my ears while they're doing it. I think everyone needs to know that to help someone you don’t need to be an expert, just a good listener. Trust me, it’ll help them open up.

PoT: That’s just lovely. Surely sometimes the job can take its toll; what do you do to kick back and destress when that happens?

V: Oh guys, that’s an easy one! I love going for a run with the birds in the backyard. A run with the postie as he scoots past. A run with the Pomeranian from the house next door. A run with the Beagle from the other house next door.

PoT: Oh wow, it seems like you really love--

V: Did I mention running with my human? I guess you could say I just really love getting out and about.

PoT: Vincent, we can see Rodd Staples calling you on stage as we speak, so we’ll have to wrap it up there.

P: Thanks again guys! I’ll hand you over to Xavier for a chat.

PoT: So Xavier, how does it feel to be a part of such a successful morning tea for R U OK? Day?

X: *silence*

Like a seasoned professional, Xavier remained humble when asked about his contribution to the day, choosing only to chew nervously at our microphone before reporting to the snack table for some so-called “official investigations”.