A former stray dog that has been trained to alert his deaf owner to sounds in the home has been given the accolade of being named Hearing Dog of the Month by the charity that trained him. Tiny Jack Russell terrier Sidney was once a stray wandering the streets of Hampshire. When he was four months old he was taken to Southampton City Council’s stray dog kennels, where fortunately the kennel manager saw his potential and contacted Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
His cute and engaging ways, and his desire for a real purpose in life, meant he was selected for training, and in March 2007 he eventually went to live with profoundly deaf Emma Seed in Preston in Lancashire.
Sidney has been trained to alert Emma (29) to many household sounds which she cannot hear including the doorbell, telephone, alarm clock and smoke alarm; all of which has provided [...]
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