We were thrilled to be part of an unsung hero award this month, recognising the talents and dedication of a Devon based Cockerpoo by the name of Niven. The seven year old pet had every reason to excitedly wag his tail – after winning a weekend stay at a luxury pet-friendly hotel, along with a month’s supply of our natural pet food.
Niven and his owner Pauline regularly volunteer at the Exeter Royal Academy for Deaf Education, enabling deaf students to work with a hearing dog. The duo were nominated through a charity called Room to Reward, an initiative that recognises volunteers across the UK.
Hearing Dogs for Deaf People set up a project with the Deaf Academy in October 2016, to see if any of the deaf students would benefit from the opportunity to engage with a hearing dog. Niven has been visiting the school every week since, working with the teachers and students with amazing results.
Victoria Leedham, from Hearing Dogs for Deaf People said “I never tire of saying that the Hearing Dogs charity cannot do what it does without its volunteers. There are some exceptional people amongst our volunteer family and some outstanding four-pawed supporters such as Niven. He truly deserves to be spoilt, he’s a super pup.”
Niven’s dedication even made BBC news as a local camera crew came out to film the four-legged hero as he arrived at the Deerpark Country Hotel near Exeter to receive his medal and Forthglade feast.