Hearing dogs talk for Guides

Hearing dog Kester delights the 3rd Pocklington Guide unit during his visit.
Hearing dog Kester delights the 3rd Pocklington Guide unit during his visit.

Guides in the 3rd Pocklington Guide unit were recently thrilled to be visited by Kester, a hearing dog in training.

A volunteer for Hearing Dogs, who have a centre in Bielby, gave a fascinating illustrated talk about the work of the Hearing Dogs.

The guides learnt about the need for the dogs and how they can help deaf people with everyday life, alerting to such things as door bells, telephones and smoke alarms. We were told how puppies are bred specially for this work and are given their initial training in volunteers’ homes before going to a training centre for their specialist training. However, they got a lovely surprise when Kester, a dog in training, arrived with his trainer.

We were treated to a demonstration of how Kester obeys hand signals rather than voice commands and told how he is progressing with his training.

We are now collecting used postage stamps and old mobile phones for the charity and in the New Year we will be holding a fundraising event to help pay for the training of a Hearing Dog. We would like to thank Hearing Dogs for coming to visit us.

For more details about Hearing Dogs please contact Lucy Ward on 07769 901 292 or visit www.hearingdogs.org.uk

If you are interested in Guiding, please go to www.girlguiding.org.uk/interested or email guidingpocklington@gmail.com