Residents at Tedworth House Help for Heroes Recovery Centre were given paws for thought when they witnessed a dynamic demonstration by assistance dogs from the Canine Partners charity.
Canine Partners, a charity that trains dogs to help disabled people to have much greater independence and a better quality of life, brought along four dogs to demonstrate their capabilities to our residents: Hannah, Maisie, Humphrey and Yarna.
The inspirational dogs diligently demonstrated how they can support their human partners, guiding them in and out of wheelchair and beds, helping them to remove coats by tugging at sleeves and Velcro fastenings, switching lights and utilities on and off, retrieving dropped items, fetching things from cupboards, uploading the washing machine and opening and closing doors.
Centre manager Giles Woodhouse said: “Some of our injured, wounded and sick servicemen and women are left unable to fend for themselves. This organisation can really help change their lives. Some are unable to do everyday tasks most of us take for granted, such as picking up the post and getting dressed. The dogs can offer great emotional support and great company. They make a real difference to lives.
“Canine Partners is a fantastic example of a charity who do so much for our injured servicemen and women. It was brilliant to have them here at Tedworth House, demonstrating so capably the life changing support they provide.”
The crowded room full of servicemen were very impressed and stayed behind afterwards to ask plenty of questions and interact with the dogs.