Hope is a confident, outgoing, and very cute Cockapoo who has recently started her training to become a life-changing hearing dog. We wanted to introduce you to her, as we all need a bit of Hope at the moment.
Even before lockdown, many deaf people felt isolated. During the Coronavirus crisis, loneliness became even more of a challenge. British Sign Language teacher Jill Hipson describes how she stayed connected to the world, with help from hearing dog Kit.
Our pups have been busy learning lots of new things and have had lots of fun. Our wonderful team of volunteers have done an amazing job training our pups while following the necessary restrictions, so that hearing dog training can continue.
Seventeen-year-old Sarah was born with a hearing problem and was diagnosed as profoundly deaf as a toddler. Growing up deaf was hard for Sarah, and she felt lonely and isolated, until her hearing dog Waffle came into her life.
Our clever puppies have been learning lots of different skills in their training classes. Some have made new friends, others have been shopping, and cocker spaniel Zippy has even learnt all about fireworks.