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    Default Cavalier named Life-Changing Hearing Dog of the Year

    An eight-year-old Cavalier King Charles spaniel called Harry, who lives in Windsor with his deaf owner Pat Preston (63), has been named Life-Changing Hearing Dog of the Year....

    http://www.hearingdogs.org.uk/hearin...f-the-year.php

    Cavaliers are so adaptable and clever, it's wonderful to hear of this wee chap making such a difference to the life of a deaf lady.
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    Oh Nicki,
    What a great, uplifting story!
    We love our doggies!

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    That is amazing!
    Charleen and Cav's: Pippin (ruby male), Merry (b&t female), Luke (blenheim male) & Jolly (tri male puppy)

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    Aw, that's great! What a special dog.

    (And he reminds me of Joanne's Tucker, with that little bit of white on his chin.)
    - Pat

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    Great story.
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    Doesn't surprise me. I think Cavs are natural Hearing Dogs in many ways- want to be with their owners, likely to alert them to anything unusual, and small enough to go most places without a bother.

    As I've said before, Holly fulfils a number of HD functions for me, with only minimal training- and only for me. I do rely on her for those things. Once we were in B&Q just after they instituted their no-dog policy, and just as the guy was saying...'only assistant dogs..' he pulled up, saw my hearing aids, and asked if my dog was a Hearing Dog. I said no, but that she acted as a hearing dog for me - and he said that was fine and qualified in his book.

    But I think it was mainly the fact that the staff themselves were annoyed at having to enforce the ban, so any loophole...

    I've often considered contacting Hearing Dogs and telling them about Holly and asking if they have any training tips I could use in order to extend her um, hearing dog functionality. That makes her sound like a computer, but it's the best word I can think of...

    ETA: the must like B/Ts at Hearing Dogs. Here's another- different dog since there's no milk chin.

    http://www.hearingdogs.org.uk/news-info.php
    Holly - 7years
    Amber- 3 years

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    Oh how wonderful to hear!!!! I never realized that these dogs were so versatile!! I am working toward becoming an interpreter of the deaf so this story is close to my heart
    Jasmine, mommy to Ellie (tri girl), Griffin, Hunter, & Dexter (kitties)

    Ellie is here!!!!

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    Well being deaf in one ear since 5, I hope I never need Kodee to lend a hand but ya never know the clock is a ticking

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    What a wonderful story!! Thanks for the post.
    VERONICA
    Mom to our precious little girl "Gingerbread" born on 8/13/2006
    If there are no Cavaliers in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kodee
    Well being deaf in one ear since 5, I hope I never need Kodee to lend a hand but ya never know the clock is a ticking
    If you need help hearing the phone ringing, it's really easy to train a Cav to alert you to the sound. They don't usually need training for someone at the door... Holly has even been known to alert me if my mobile goes off for a message!
    Holly - 7years
    Amber- 3 years

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