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Handsome Havana scoops rosette for charity!


Dogs for the Disabled Assistance Dog in training Havana had a smile on his chops when he scooped a prize at a dog show in Huddersfield. Known to his friends as Hal, the two year old Golden Retriever is one of the first dogs to be trained at the charity’s new centre in Nostell, Wakefield. Winning a blue rosette to match his blue ‘dog in training’ jacket, Hal was named the second most handsome dog out of some 30 entrants at ‘Bark in the Park’ held at Ravensknowle Park in Huddersfield.

Dogs for the Disabled attended the annual dog show, which aims to promote responsible dog ownership whilst celebrating a huge array of breeds, to promote the work their charity is doing in the North of England area. Fundraiser Rowan Martin couldn’t resist entering Hal in a class as the huge and handsome dog, soon to be paired with a local disabled person as he completes his training, often attracts admiring glances!

Hal will become one of the many dogs who are specially selected and trained by national charity Dogs for the Disabled, based in Banbury, and will help his new disabled owner with a range of practical tasks that many of us take for granted including picking up dropped items, opening and closing doors and even emptying the washing machine!

The new centre at Nostell will allow the charity to significantly grow its services, supporting existing partnerships in the region and training new dogs to be paired with local people who could benefit from them.

Dogs for the Disabled, Wakefield, hold regular open days to offer those interested a chance to find out more about their work and meet some of their dogs. The dates for these are Friday 26th September, Friday 7th November, Friday 12th December 2008. Please call 01928 860699 or email if you wish to attend or find out more about the charity.