Clever pups in Sheffield will be receiving their cap and gown at a charity’s special graduation ceremony.
Charity Support Dogs will host the event to celebrate successful new partnerships made between a number of its clients and highly trained specialist dogs.
Based in Sheffield, the charity trains assistance dogs to help transform the lives of adults with physical disabilities and epilepsy and children with autism.
For the past 22 years it has worked tirelessly to partner more than 200 adults and children with their assistance dogs – and 2014 has been no exception with nine new partnerships made.
One of the dream duos will be attending Sunday’s ceremony at Tankersley Manor, near Barnsley – Bobbie Hubbard-Marks and Poppy from Chapeltown, Sheffield.
A life-changing accident on holiday and four unsuccessful operations left Bobbie paraplegic.
Poppy, a black labrador, has been trained as a disability assistance dog to give Bobbie a helping paw with everyday tasks most people take for granted.
However, Bobbie says the most important thing Poppy provides is emotional support for when the pain becomes unbearable.
Bobbie, aged 60, said: “What can I say – she is amazing. If I could bottle the laughter she gives me every day and the smiles she gets from people when we are out shopping with her in her blue jacket I could give everyone a bottle of fun and make them feel as good as Poppy makes me feel.”
The ceremony will also praise the achievements of the charity’s supporters and volunteers who go the extra mile.