Tim & Linda's Volunteering Story

Posted by Victoria Leedham

Tim and Linda from Tyne and Wear, have been volunteering with us since October 2016. As volunteer puppy trainers, they have seen a pup through it's socialisation and basic training, all the way to it's soundwork training. 

"We just love having a puppy around the house all of the time. When one leaves us it is a very sad day but then another bundle of fluff who doesn’t even know their name arrives and we start the training again. There isn’t a day that goes by when the puppy doesn’t make us laugh. And because they are trainee assistance dogs, they go wherever we go: restaurants, hotels, pubs, shops, cafés, business meetings." Tim and Linda commented.

Cady, our first pup (pictured below) is an absolute joy and is out working as a  brilliant hearing dog. Linda laughs at her favourite memory of Cady; "the moment that she arrived at our home at age eight weeks her first reaction was to roll over on her back to get her tummy tickled!"


Tim & Linda are now training their 2nd Labrador, Velvet. When asked how they would encourage someone to volunteer, the couple said; "If you think that you’ll enjoy having puppies (one at a time!) and training them to go on to undertake the important work of giving a deaf person a real quality of life, then volunteering with Hearing Dogs for Deaf People is definitely for you".


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Victoria Leedham

Hello, I'm Victoria and Head of Volunteering for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and Hearing Link. It’s my privilege to celebrate and share stories about our wonderful volunteer family.

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