Though he's the most adorable puppy you've ever seen, the temporary owners of Yates the budding mobility dog are asking the near impossible of Kerikeri residents - please don't approach him.

Sian and Michael Gaunt are the Far North's only puppy raisers for Mobility Dogs, a charitable trust which trains dogs to offer support, companionship and security for those with disabilities.

Last week they brought Yates home to Kerikeri, where he'll stay for a year getting basic training and being exposed to various places where he and his future partner may visit in daily life.

The 4-month-old golden retriever will

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