30 January, 2020

Dear Sponsor,

Thank you so much for being one of my new Sponsors. I would like to tell you some more about my life, my mission and myself. I am a little Cockerpoo/Labrador puppy of 4 months old called Fi-Fi. I am such a calm, peaceful and loving puppy but I have to be house trained. At the beginning I felt a little put out being taken away from my Mum at 8 weeks old but then I noticed that it’s fun at my new home playing with the other two dogs. We romped around together in the garden, tugging at toys and darting under the bushes. The other two dogs

have been trained as RECOVERY Assistance Dogs and are great Mentors for me. Please see the photo of Milli and I.

I lived with a RECOVERY Assistance Dogs Trainer for the first 5 weeks and am being trained specifically for a client. Last week I went to live with a Client/Socialiser as I have a Mission in life to help humans with their Wellbeing. This will start properly when I have passed my Level 1 Assessment and have a RAD Vis Jacket. I am the third puppy to be trained by a RAD, KCAI (Kennel Club Accredited Instructor) for a client. I feel really honoured to be doing this to help a Survivor to become more independent with choice and control in their life.

My new Owner/Socialiser has already noticed how clever, cute and funny I am. The first thing I learnt was to ‘go to bed’ & back to the safety of the crate when asked. Here I can feel safe as am not getting under anyone’s feet. come when called. Then I learned a good recall. That was easy as everytime I turned up at the Trainer’s side after she called “Fi-Fi” in a high voice I got a treat. Simple no brainer! Treats, hugs and toys really work as motivation for me. Next Of course I learned to sit, lie down and stand in the first week too. We practice this in the bank and at the word ‘sit’ I now sit to attention like I am in the Army until I get a treat. Then if the Trainer says ‘stay’ I will remain seated for a little longer for another treat. Wow so young to be learning all this! Yes, but I love the training and feel like I am part of a team. I just want to please my trainer, be good and feel included. What’s the next thing? Well we have started Puppy Training in November. We will be doing one class per week and I am really looking forward to meeting all my new playmates in January.

We have really packed in the socialisation puppy plan since I arrived at my Trainer’s home. We go out into town every day and I love all the sights, sounds and smells of the Market. I am learning not to pick everything up, not to jump & also not to mouth the people I meet. My trainer has taught me to stop this and chew on treats or toys. If I try to mouth human flesh they say ‘Stop’ and put their hand up in the Stop position. When I am being good and not mouthing I get a treat so this is working. But what I like to do most of all is sleep as you can see here. Do hope you are okay and are managing to get out and about in the cold weather. I just love the walks in the parks in Leicester especially with all the smells of squirrels. Also coming to work in the shop with my Socialiser (in the picture here) is fab.

Look forward to writing to you again soon when I can tell you all about my progress.

Lotsa loves, licks and hugs,


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