Hounds for Heroes
Allen was a Chief Petty Officer serving in the Royal Navy in the Gulf. He had a very promising military career ahead of him and a wife and two children at home in Portsmouth. Then a tragic operational incident changed his life completely. He then set up, Hounds for Heroes, which provide specially trained assistance dogs to injured and disabled men and women of both the Armed Forces and Emergency Services. Through this provision they aim to provide help and practical support leading to an enhanced quality of life.
All dogs are carefully selected for the qualities needed to produce excellent assistance dogs. The Charity has a small army of puppy parents who help with the first year of training. The dogs then enter advanced training to turn them from well behaved dogs into fully trained assistance dogs that not only bring quality of life to their owner by opening doors, picking up items, getting money from ATMs, opening train doors. The dogs bring companionship and love that can be missing when someone becomes disabled. When the dogs are fully trained the ownership will be fully transferred to the disabled partner.
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