It’s been an interesting week. Starting off in Wiltshire, with our friends from Help for Heroes at the Tedworth House Recovery Centre for ‘wounded, injured and sick’ members of the armed services community. There are close links between Canine Partners and Help for Heroes and we keep in regular contact. From there, the focus moved to Dorset, where we were giving demonstrations to the team at CHS, who have been helping us to develop our creative juices. They loved meeting demo dogs Saffy and Yarna-banana. In fact they loved them so much that they took us completely by surprise by presenting us with a cheque for £2,000 to help us train more dogs and change more people’s lives. Wow! Thank you! Read more
If you can answer "Yes" to the following questions, there's a good chance that one of our dogs might be what you're looking for:
- Do you have a physical disability?
- Do you like dogs, or believe you will like dogs when you get to know what dog-ownership is all about?
- Would you be able to give a dog a good off-lead walk every day, somewhere safe and away from roads? (This normally involves at least a 2 mile walk, so electric wheelchairs or scooters tend to make this easier than self-propelling wheelchairs. Or perhaps you are able to self-propel for 2 miles - not easy on a muddy day).
- Would you enjoy playing with a dog? Grooming a dog? Training a dog? Taking a dog most places with you, by your side?
- Do you think that if you took responsibility for a canine partner, you could become more independent? Would life be better?
- Would you enjoy the companionship that a dog brings?
- Do you have somewhere safe and enclosed where the dog could toilet, which you could easily access from the house?
- Are you 18 years old or coming up to your 18th birthday over the next few months?
These are just some of the conditions people may have when they apply to us:
Multiple Sclerosis - Cerebral Palsy - Muscular Dystrophy - Stroke - Rheumatoid Arthritis - Spinal injuries
Friedreich's Ataxia - Spina Bifida - Osteogenesis Imperfecta (brittle bones) - ME - Spinal Muscular Atrophy - Polio
and many others too many to mention.
What tasks can the dogs do?A Canine Partner can assist with tasks such as opening and closing doors and cupboards, retrieving a variety of different items, helping you with undressing, pressing buttons and switches, unloading the washing machine and a whole range of emergency procedures....and of course they bring companionship too. Dogs are tailor-made to individuals’ requirements and circumstances.
Of course, it takes all sorts to make a world - no one person is the same and it's difficult to make hard and fast rules as to who would benefit most from a canine partners assistance dog. Some are men, some are women. Some work, others do not. Some live alone, others have family around them. Some live in the town, others in the country. Some own their own home but many do not. Most use a wheelchair, but not everybody does - by getting to know your individual circumstances, we can judge whether or not an Assisrtance Dog might be an appropriate option for you.
.....so why not get in touch with us?