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Ella The Therapy Dog

Ella, who lives in High Street, Little Shelford, had been training to be a guide dog from a few weeks old but sadly she did not quite achieve the very high standards that are set and we were lucky enough to be offered Ella to rehome over 2 years ago.  Due to her breeding and training she was very calm, well behaved and seemed to have an intuitive understanding of people around her. 


With this in mind when I was approached by the Well Being Co-ordinator at Hills Road Sixth Form College to ask if Ella would be interested in being coming a Therapy Dog with them I jumped at the chance.  We had a very successful trial after which Ella now goes into the College one day a week. 

It is well recognised that dogs can proved endless therapeutic benefits in numerous situations.  They are calming, reduce stress, improve mental and emotional health and can induce a general feeling of well being.  Ella spends time in the Well Being Centre with students during the day and is walked around the College in breaks and lunchtime.  She has become an invaluable asset to the College and is loved by staff and students alike.  She thrives on the attention given to her and is always super excited when I drop her off there.  It is a win win situation!

Shona Keene

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