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Crikey – not on my plane!

A man had just settled into his seat next to the window on the plane when another man sits down in the aisle seat and puts his black Labrador in the middle seat next to the man.

The first man looks very quizzically at the dog and asks why the dog is allowed on the plane ?

The second man explains that he is a Drug Enforcement Agency officer and the dog is a ‘Sniffer dog’. “His name is Smithy and he’s the best there is. I’ll show you once we get airborne, when I put him to work.”

The plane takes off, and once it has levelled out, the agent says, “Watch this”.

He tells Smithy to ‘search’. Smithy jumps down, walks along the aisle, and finally sits very purposefully next to a woman for several seconds. Smithy then returns to his seat and puts one paw on the agent’s arm. The agent says, “Good boy”, and he turns to the man and says: “That woman is in possession of marijuana, so I’m making a note of her seat number and the authorities will apprehend her when we land.” “Say, that’s pretty neat,” replies the first man.

Once again, the agent sends Smithy to search the aisles. The Lab sniffs about, sits down beside a man for a few seconds, returns to his seat and this time, he places TWO paws on the agent’s arm. The agent says, “That man is carrying cocaine, so again, I’m making note of his seat number for the police.” “I like it!” says his seat mate.

The agent then tells Smithy to ‘search’ again. Smithy walks up and down the aisles for a little while, sits down for a moment and then comes racing back to the agent, jumps into the middle seat and proceeds to shit all over the place. The first man is really amazed by this behaviour and can’t figure out how or why a well-trained dog would behave like this, so he asks the agent “What’s going on?”

The agent nervously replies,

“He just found a bomb !”

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‘Team’ Hearing Dogs for children

Mum was delivering deaf awareness training to medical students last week and she was asked a question. A student wanted to know if children under 18 could have a hearing dog. Historically, the recipient of a hearing dog had to be over 18 years old.

But all that is changing now! Hearing Dogs for Deaf People are running a pilot project, placing hearing dogs with deaf children.

Billy has been trained to be a hearing dog for Tilli Nixon, who is only 11. (Welcome to the club, Billy!) Billy has transformed Tilli’s life, she has become much more comfortable and confident about her hearing loss. Tilli is now much happier when Billy is around, providing safety, companionship, and a listening ear! He even brings Tilli messages in a purse from her mum.

Hearing dog Cara helps Faye, who is 6, and her mum Dina. When they are out and about, Cara wears two leads. Mum or dad hold the lead attached to the halti and Faye holds the lead attached to the collar.

– Mum, does double the work mean double the biscuits?

Jan Smith is the leader of this project, and she is looking for families who would be interested in taking part in this pilot study and who fulfil the criteria. She needs 12 children, aged between 6 and 11, who are moderately to profoundly deaf, living in families with hearing parents. The family must not have a dog of their own (we like all the attention, you see), and should feel that a hearing dog would benefit the child by increasing their self-confidence and self-esteem, and improve social interaction with other people.

She is looking for applicants living in and around Yorkshire or the surrounding area. If you know someone who would like to be part of this project, or would like further information, contact Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.

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New bins

Mum’s new office is a super-duper modern building, lots and lots of glass walls – even the elevators are made of glass. I had a great time riding up and down in them all day, looking out to see what was happening. Mum’s friend Julia covered her eyes, she couldn’t bear to look. On one floor they had 2 palm trees and a pool, how cool is that? Even cooler, they have their own chef on the premises. He bakes cookies every morning and I tried so hard to get one off the side board when mum had her coffee and cookie. Don’t they look sooo good?


Everyone is sooo nice and friendly, people keep popping in to say hello to me. I wandered into one of the lawyer’s offices and mum had to find me and drag me out. His bin had something nice in it. She made sure I was tied up after that *pouts*

At lunchtime we went to a tiny park just around the corner in Finsbury Circus. It’s hard to believe there is actually a park in the middle of the city.

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Only assistance dogs are allowed into this park. It’s the oldest public park in London and dates back to 1606. Wow. It’s 402 years old! Click HERE to see a panoramic view of the park. The bowling green has been there since 1904 – I wasn’t allowed onto it, what a shame, all that lovely green grass! After a nice walk, we went back to the office for lunch in their cafe. I was eyeing up the sandwich counter but didn’t get anything. At least I got a few pats from the caterer.

Mid afternoon, Jillian popped out to get coffee and came back with chocolate chip cookies – my favourite! my favourite! I sat and watched her and mum eat them. They looked so yummy. I made sure to go straight for Jillian’s bin when mum untied me at home-time. I got my jaws round the cookie wrappers – Jillian fought to get them off me while mum fell about laughing. She can’t believe how greedy I am.

I love new offices – more people to meet and greet, more bins to inspect. Hurrah!

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