We are now very familiar with the uses of dogs in our society. Being highly trainable animals that have very developed senses, they are able to assist blind people, detect medical conditions before the noticeable symptoms start, detect drug, assist the police force, find trapped people, enable disabled people to gain a sense of freedom and now dogs are becoming popular as reading companions too..
Danny, the listening Greyhound originally from Cork in Ireland, after being found as a stray at 3 months old has been given an award by the International Fund for Animal Welfare in recognition of his services and the support that he gives to young readers who grow in confidence as they read their stories to Danny. He now lives with Tony Nevett in Wellingborough, Northamptonshire and is living a contented life whilst hearing all of the stories the young readers tell him. See, dogs have a wide range of skills and it is just a case of finding what your dogs is!!
Then, there is news of the Duchess of Cornwall visiting an Essex Dog Training Centre where children go to overcome their fear of dogs. Known as cynophobia, a fear of dogs can be very hard for children and restrict their lives in the places that they will comfortably choose to visit. Being one of the few places like this that offer treatment, the Duchess was given a show by the dog display team and was able to see how the classes that have been going on for the last 20 years have helped a great number of children overcome their fears. It is also thought that she might be able to pick up some tips for her new Jack Russell puppy that she got from Battersea dogs home! We'll keep our fingers crossed for her...
Then sadly, we hear the latest news that a Police officer and his faithful companion whilst on duty were stabbed whilst trying to make an arrest in Ipswich. The Policeman was stabbed several times and sustained injuries to his arms and is now recovering at home and the dog had to rushed to a local veterinary hospital or the injuries to his legs. Both officer and Police dogs are expected to make a full recovery and it really does go to show how important our four-legged friends are and how much we need them and should never take them for granted. We are pleased to hear that the individual responsible has be found and is being detained by the police after all... it is just sad that animals and humans were put in a life threatening situation by another person.
BBC Video - 25.10.11 "Danny the listening dog"
BBC Video - 25.10.11 "Duchess of Cornwall"
BBC Article - 25.10.11 " Policeman and Dog stabbed in Ipswich"