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Pete, the Black Labrador and our newest recruit is named after Collie Peter who was awarded his PDSA Dickin Medal in 1945 for locating victims trapped under blitzed buildings while serving with the MAP attached to Civil Defence of London during World War II.
Our Pete is only 16 weeks old and already showing not only a puppy sense of fun by “helping with the laundry” but also showing a mature attitude to learning and is a firm favourite of everyone he sees (albeit at a safe 2 meter distance) on his regular walks.
He is very eager to please and loves having something to do whether that’s learning a new technique in training, playing activity games or playing with his toys. When exhausted by all that activity, Pete likes nothing better than cuddling up with his human at the end of a busy day, but not before he has indulged in his other favourite pastime of eating his grub! He is a growing lad after all!
Bonnie, the Golden Retriever is named in honour of Beauty, the Wire Haired Terrier who was awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal in 1945 “For being the pioneer dog in locating buried air-raid victims while serving with a PDSA Rescue Squad.”
Due to BRAVEHOUND’s Scottish roots, we named this gorgeous girl Bonnie, rather than Beauty, but as you can see, she suits her name! Her sister Maggie is also one of our recruits, so it runs in the family!
Bonnie has been settling in with her new trainer learning new things and has been socialising with her new canine chums in lockdown. As with everyone these days all her learning is being done at home and she is thriving in her new surroundings, taking her training on board and being rewarded with lots of cuddles- her favourite way to pass the time – apart from when she is playing with her toys. She loves playing with her ball the best and as you can see from the photo, also loves supervising tasks carried out by others in the garden!
Sadie the Black Sprocker Spaniel, is named after Sadie the Labrador who was awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal in 2007 for her outstanding gallantry while serving as an explosives search and rescue dog in Afghanistan in 2005.
Our Sadie (sister of Ricky) is doing really well in her training. She has already been awarded the Kennel Club (KC) Bronze Puppy Foundation Certificate and is now working towards her next award the KC Bronze Medal Good Citizens award.
Sadie is a confident young lady that takes everything in her stride- she is intelligent, eager to learn and very quick on the uptake. Sadie thrives on learning new things and in showing her adorable “cheeky” side to her human companions and is thriving as part of the BRAVEHOUND new recruit training programme.
Ricky the Sprocker Spaniel is named after Welsh Collie Ricky who was awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal in 1947 for keeping calm and carrying on his duties when wounded in the head by a mine while on mine clearing duty in Holland. His actions saved the rest of his section from injury.
Our Ricky, (brother of Sadie) – is showing great promise too! He is a confident pup with a curious nature which means that he picks things up quickly in training and loves showing off his talents- including “talking” to his human companion when he wants their attention. Ricky loves the treats and praise that comes from a good training session and his efforts have been rewarded by achieving his Kennel Club (KC) Bronze Puppy Foundation Certificate in April and he’s currently working towards his KC Bronze Good Citizen Award. When not training hard, Ricky loves to relax with his soft toys – especially his squeaky squirrel!
Once again, our thanks go to the friends of the late Professor David Alexander, formerly Director of The Aberdeen Centre for Trauma Research at Robert Gordon University for continuing to sponsor Ricky’s first year as a BRAVEHOUND recruit. We are grateful for your support.
Lucca the Black Labrador is named after German Shepherd Lucca who served with the US Marine Corps and was awarded the PDSA Dickin Medal in 2016 “For tireless service to the military communities of the United States of America and coalition partners from 2006 to 2012.”
Our Lucca is a lively, energetic character who is going through his second teen age phase! As part of his training, Lucca has been learning to be patient around livestock and met a horse called Dominic who is now a really close pal. Very “neighbourly” of him you could say!
As per the current restrictions, Lucca is being home schooled at the moment – even though as a typical Labrador, he would rather be out swimming in the lake- but needs must! Nevertheless, Lucca is very much looking forward to coming to see everyone as soon as the restrictions are lifted.
Maggie the Golden Retriever is the sister of Bonnie, so that’s two lovely retrievers in the pack!
Maggie has been busy with her training and really enjoys it as she is keen to learn, which has resulted in her achieving her Kennel Club Good Citizen Bronze Award recently, so well done on that! She also enjoys “free play” sessions in the garden as she loves having fun while learning.
Maggie’s inquisitive nature means that she also loves playing puzzle games like finding the hidden treat – whether they are hidden somewhere in the garden or in a makeshift activity centre inside toilet roll tubes. Her lick mat containing cream cheese is another big favourite pastime– maybe that is what accounts for the “cheesy” grin in her photo then? Her favourite toy though is “Goldie” – her own fluffy dog which she loves to carry around with her in her mouth. Typical Golden Retriever!