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Spalding and District u3a met Bugsy the golden retriever who can perform practical tasks for its owner after being paired through Canine Partners





A clever golden retriever called Bugsy is able to help her disabled owner by carrying out household tasks.

Samantha Blunt spoke at the Spalding and District u3a group’s monthly meeting about her 11-year-old four-legged helper who she was paired with through Canine Partners, which u3a supports.

Bugsy helps her owner, who has a progressive disability, with getting the washing out of the machine, picking up a dropped phone, opening cupboard doors and even posting a letter.

Bugsy with Samantha Blunt from Canine Partners and members Bernice Adcock and Megan Price. PHOTO: SUBMITTED
Bugsy with Samantha Blunt from Canine Partners and members Bernice Adcock and Megan Price. PHOTO: SUBMITTED

Rosemary McClements of u3a said: “Bugsy is one of 340 dogs coached by Canine Partners to help with practical tasks.

“Sam explained that she had been paired with Bugsy since March 2015.

“The vetting process is thorough, both to check that a canine partner would be helpful and that the dog and owner can bond.”

The puppies are trained early and extensively with advanced training at a centre in Leicestershire where dogs are taught to walk alongside a wheelchair.

Once the canine partner is trained with their owner to meet their specific needs, aftercare is put in place with follow up visits and advice.

Spalding and District u3a is open to anyone no longer in full time employment and its aim is for those who come along to make friends, enjoy existing hobbies and find new ones.

Visit spalding.u3asite.uk for further information.

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