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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.
Our Pete is also an award wining pooch – having won the “Best in Show” category in the virtual BRAVEHOUND Armed Forces Day competition held online commemorating Armed Forces Day on 27th June 2020 and received a big rosette to prove it!
He has just got back from his holidays in the North of Scotland and coped really well with the travel – impressing his human with how good he was on the journey in the car. He also had fun in the great outdoors and on a boat too so he is quite the adventurer! When out and about Pete loves to play and search for things – especially when in the sea and diving for rocks – he holds his breath like a professional diver!
Pete is turning into a very handsome young man, at 7 months now he’s pretty much a teenager. His training is going really well and he just completed his Kennel Club (KC) Good Citizen bronze level – next step is the silver!
Pete is also beginning to show a real genuine understanding of empathy, he loves to give his human a cuddle and charms everyone he meets.



Paisley the Golden Retriever is our newest recruit and is named after the Scottish town in honour of the Paisley Branch of the Royal British Legion as she was purchased thanks to their generosity!
Paisley is now 19 weeks old and is already a very confident and clever young lady.
She has already passed her Kennel Club (KC) Good Citizen Puppy Foundation and is busy training for Bronze level along with the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers Partnership Award. Paisley loves to learn and really enjoys going to work with her socialiser where she gets to do training with the students there. She likes to meet people and gets on well with other dogs although the 2 she currently lives with think she’s a wee pest, just like having a little sister.
Paisley just loves a cuddle and will happily lie on her humans whilst sleeping. That beats a hot water bottle any day!



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 a gorgeous puppy/adolescent. She has found emerging from lockdown hard because she missed out on socialisation with people & other dogs. She loves people & is learning to accept other dogs. BRAVEHOUND training sessions are a great help with this, as she gets to meet & train alongside other dogs. Sadie is continuing to progress really well in her training. Having now achieved her Kennel Club (KC) Bronze Good Citizen Award in August, she’s currently working towards the KC Silver Good Citizen Award
Apart from being busy training, Sadie loves cuddles & given the chance she would snooze on somebody’s lap all day. Lockdown also meant she was never left alone and so, as with most dogs, Sadie is now learning that she can’t be with her humans all day long. She does have her two dog pals to help with this though!
She is a very loyal & follows her humans around “helping” with the chores – especially if that means helping outdoors. Sadie would like to meet her veteran very soon, so that she can begin building that special bond with them.



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 also proving to be a star in his own right! He is a very sociable character with a sweet and loving nature but he also loves to get up to a bit of mischief too- an all rounder you might say!
Ricky loves to be active and is never happier than when out for his walks and gets together with his doggy friends to go romping through the woods or is following an interesting scent. In addition to his formal training sessions, Ricky has been practising his recall and lead training when out on his walks with his human and is doing well with this!
Having now achieved his Kennel Club (KC) Bronze Good Citizen Award in August, he’s currently working towards his KC Silver Good Citizen Award. At the end of a hard day with all this going on Ricky loves nothing better than to snuggle up to his human for a well earned snooze and quite right too!
As ever, 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.



Maggie the Golden Retriever is now a little lady in her own right and has not only attained her Kennel Club (KC) Good Citizen Bronze Award and is working towards the next stage, but has also begun her training in helping her future Veteran by becoming familiar with getting out and about in the community now that restrictions are being eased a bit. Along with her human, Maggie is “putting herself out there” by visiting coffee shops and retail outlets so that she can help her future Veteran cope with the part of every day life that we all take for granted!
Maggie also did her civic duty recently by attending her local VJ day celebrations and was a perfect advocate for BRAVEHOUND in the process. I mean, who wouldn’t be charmed by her beauty and good manners!
Maggie is still doing brilliantly with her training and loves to impress all that she meets with her looks and intelligence! She is full of fun but gets her serious head on when required. What more can you ask for!


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Bravehound welcomes our latest recruit chocolate Labrador Rex. Named after search dog Rex wo was awardeda PDSA Dickin medal for service during the second world war.
At Bravehound we like to name our pups after dogs that have been awarded the Dickin Medal (DM) by the PDSA.
The stories of many of these dogs feature in books by BRAVEHOUND’s Patron, author Daniel Lewis.
The citation of Rex DM’s reads :
“For outstanding good work in the location of casualties in burning buildings. Undaunted by smouldering debris, thick smoke, intense heat and jets of water from fire hoses, this dog displayed uncanny intelligence and outstanding determination in his efforts to follow up any scent which led him to a trapped casualty.”


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Bravehound welcomes another new recruit Chips. Named after US army dog Chips, who was awarded a PDSA Dickin Medal for his bravery during the Second World War.
At Bravehound we like to name our pups after dogs that have been awarded the Dickin Medal (DM) by the PDSA.
US army dog Chips and his handler, Private John Rowell, were in a platoon that landed in Sicily, under the cover of darkness on July 10, 1943, as part of Operation Husky.
The citation of Chips DM’s reads :
“For bravery and devotion to duty during the US Army’s invasion of Sicily on 10 July 1943.”




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”.

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