Man’s best friend

The assistance dogs trained by Scottish charity Bravehound are making life bearable for disabled veterans, finds Felix Petit. Images Phil Wilkinson

I have a gangly two-year-old red setter called Muckle, named after my favourite lighthouse Muckle Flugga in Shetland. We are rather fond of one another and he largely responds to my commands unless a squirrel enters play in which case all bets are off. We rub along nicely in a companionable yet unprofessional manner. Yet our bond is a world away from the partnership enjoyed by a group of veterans whose lives have been transformed – and in some cases saved – by being given a Bravehound assistance dogs.

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