Couldn’t resist capturing this wonderful harmonious image.
As you can see this lovely lady was out on a shopping expedition accompanied by her absolutely gorgeous jet black labrador companion.
The working waistcoat worn by the dog indicated that he was from an organisation called ‘Canine Partners’
Now in truth I would have to admit that although I was aware of their existence; I did not know all that much about them.
So on arrival back home after a bit of editing work I decided to look them up on the web.
I shall now quote you directly from the literature on their web page.
It is our mission to assist people with disabilities to enjoy a greater independence and a better quality of life; and where possible, to help them into education and employment, through the provision of specially trained dogs for the disabled, whose well-being is a key consideration.
It goes on to say that more than 1.2 million people in the UK use a wheelchair.
This incredible organisation tailor make their dogs to each applicants individual needs, training them to help with everyday tasks such as opening and shutting doors, unloading washing machines, picking up dropped items, pressing buttons and switches and getting help in an emergency.
They train dogs for the disabled with even the most complex conditions including members of the HM Armed Forces.
These life transforming dogs also provide practical, physiological, psychological and social benefits including increased independence and confidence as well as increased motivation and self esteem. These wonderful dogs also provide companionship, a sense of security and help increase social interaction.
Despite their amazing work I was totally surprised to hear that ‘Canine Partners’ receive no government funding; and relies solely on public donations.
I think that I need to do some more research into this? But like the boxed purchase you can see in the front basket of this ladies mobility scooter; I also consider myself a big fan!
My next door neighbor trains service dogs, specializing in dogs paired with veterans returning from conflict with PTSD. One of the biggest oversights people have with service dogs is how easily their paws can get burned on hot pavement. In this case, the scooter-bound owner might have little idea how hot the ground is. As an owner of two Labs (a breed I’ve shared life with my entire life), I’m especially sensitive to the external elements to which they are subjected. Oh, and I do like the photo, Bob. 🙂
Very good point Eric. They are indeed incredible companions.
Thank you very much for your kind comment!
What a wonderful image, and your words too! In the U.S. I had a friend who was a “foster mom” of sorts for several puppies — one at a time — that were bred to be guide/companion animals. Socializing them, teaching them basic commands, keeping track of their health needs, etc. When they were nine to twelve months old they’d then go on for their REAL training. Heartwarming yet heartbreaking work for her, as their success meant she lost a small piece of her heart.
Hello Cindi my friend, How lovely of you to take the trouble to send this lovely comment and to explain about your ‘foster mum’ friend and her beloved pups.
I just think it must be such a rewarding thing to have done despite the wrench of losing part of yourself.
There are some amazing people out there thank goodness!
You keep in touch now; and thanks again for stopping by