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Pete, the Black Labrador 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. Pete is maturing into a lovely boy. He is happiest when he is out on walks, playing with his canine friends, or swimming in the local river. At home, Pete loves cuddles and tummy rubs and playing with his favourite ball. Having passed his Kennel Club Gold Good Citizen Award recently, he is now focusing on rounding off his skills by continuing working towards his Public Access Test.
Paisley is a beautiful girl, a real sweetheart and is loved by everyone she meets. She is very respectful with the other dog she lives with and likes nothing better than have a good run around with her. Having passed her Kennel Club Silver Good Citizen Award in May, she is now working towards her Gold Award. Some of the activities for this award require patience and stillness, which is quite difficult for a dog that is always on the go…Paisley finds these types of tasks boring but is practicing hard and making good progress. Once Paisley has achieved her Gold Award she will work towards her Public Access Test, then look forward to being paired with her Veteran.
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. BRAVEHOUND Sadie continues to mature into a lovely dog. She loves her cuddles, walks, swims and puddle bathing. She lives the life of a country dog and enjoys the freedom of the outdoors and participation in the busy days on the farm. Sadie has been working hard preparing for her Kennel Club Good Citizen Gold Award and her Public Access Test. The hardest parts for her were the street walk and the visit to a Garden Centre for her Public Access Test. Sadie rose to both occasions and passed both tests. Now that Lockdown conditions have eased, Sadie will continue to build on her experiences around different environments to further build on her existing skills.
Mr Chips the golden Labrador is named after US Army dog Chips, who was awarded a PDSA Dickin Medal for his bravery during the Second World War. Mr Chips has settled into his home life well. He is a very confident, happy boy who loves to be around his family. He has been learning some housekeeping rules and has picked them up very quickly – he waits patiently for his dinner and waits at the doorway for permission to proceed. Mr Chips passed his Kennel Club Foundation and Bronze Awards, and his current training is focused on passing his Silver Award in the coming months. His interest in everything going on around him and his love of sniffing means he sometimes loses focus on his Socialiser, but he is learning the importance of checking in and keeping in tune whilst out and about.He is learning to ‘settle’ under the seat when in cafes and restaurants which is a key skill for his future Public Access Assessment.
Brian the golden Labrador is named after Alsatian Brian, a patrol dog attached to a Parachute Battalion of the 13th Battalion Airbourne Division. He landed in Normandy with them, and having done the requisite number of jumps, became a fully-qualified Paratrooper. BRAVEHOUND Brian, is almost 6 months old, and arrived with his Puppy Socialiser in March. He has settled well into family life and routine. He is a cheerful, cheeky, confident dog who loves to bask in the sun, chase birds and steal socks from the washing machine! In May, Brian passed is Kennel Club Foundation Award and is now working towards passing his Bronze Award which has some more challenging elements to master. He is a quick learner and enjoys training
Rex the chocolate Labrador is named after the search dog Rex who was awarded a PDSA Dickin medal for service during the Second World War. Rex is growing into a relatively calm puppy. His socialisers currently work from home and are gently introducing absences to prepare him for the time when work returns to normal. He is building up his ability to cope on his own. Rex passed his Kennel Club Puppy Foundation Test. Developing his obedience skills continues, and he will hopefully complete his Bronze Award in the next couple of months. Loose lead walking, greeting manners and recall skills are his training priorities.
The PDSA Dickin Medal was instituted in 1943 in the United Kingdom by Maria Dickin to honour the work of animals in World War. It is a bronze medallion, bearing the words “For Gallantry” and “We Also Serve” within a laurel wreath, carried on a ribbon of striped green, dark brown, and pale blue. It is awarded to animals that have displayed “conspicuous gallantry or devotion to duty while serving or associated with any branch of the Armed Forces or Civil Defence Units”. The award is commonly referred to as “the animals’ Victoria Cross”.