A PICNIC has been held in celebration of our best friends – those loyal, trusting and devoted partners who enable physically handicapped people to lead an independent and fulfilled life.
But the snacks served at this lunchtime outing were more akin to gravy bones and raw hide chews than carrot sticks and hummus.
National assistance dog charity Canine Partners held a puppy poppy picnic at their Heyshott headquarters to celebrate a grant from leading armed forces charity the Royal British Legion, and in honour of the four-legged friends who are trained to give people a new lease of life.
The event at Canine Partner’s National Training Centre follows a cash boost of £21,350 to support the roles of the chief executive and aftercare supervisor in their work with former service personnel.
The clever dogs showed off their extensive and specialist training which sees them doing anything from opening and closing doors and unloading the washing machine to picking up dropped items and pressing buttons and switches to getting help in an emergency.
These useful skills help to increase the independence, confidence and self-esteem of their partners, and provide companionship, a sense of security and increased social interaction.
Following the demonstration the dogs were treated to a well-deserved lunch in support of the legion’s new summer fundraising campaign.