Meet Els and Cedar

Hi, my name is Cedar and I am a Labrador x Golden Retriever. Apart from my looks (and my love of food) my handler says I very much have Golden Retriever traits.  I started my journey as a canine partner when I was eight weeks old. I found training to be an assistance dog a little high-pressured and I also love being with people so much that I found being on my own hard.

This is where my career change came in. My handler, Els, was previously an Advanced Trainer but is currently an Aftercare Instructor and now trains and coordinates the Dog Ambassador Team. She rehomed me and we trained at my own pace with zero pressure, which really suited me. I am so eager to please and just want to get things right.

I love task work and I am told I am a bit of a class clown when I do demonstrations. Lots of people can’t believe I am eight years old, as I show so much enthusiasm in what I do.

My favourite tasks are putting up the footplates on a wheelchair and taking Els’ hat off, because I get a cuddle in the process! When I am not raising awareness and vital funds at events, my favourite thing to do is go for lovely walks where we live in the highlands of Scotland… even better if there is a river to play in or snow. That’s my favourite!!

Els, has been with the Charity for 10 years now. Here’s a little something she has to say about me and the Charity:

“After 10 years it still amazes me what our dogs can do. Whether that is emotionally or physically with some of the life-changing task work they can offer. It is a privilege working within the Aftercare Team, and building relationships with our partners and dogs. I love problem-solving and teaching a partnership a new task. Being able to be part of the Dog Ambassador Team is a real joy, I love feeling like I can give something back. Working with Cedar is a real honour, I feel incredibly proud and lucky to work with him. We love meeting people and sharing the message about our wonderful charity.”

I look forward to meeting you at our events and keep an eye out on our social media to see what I get up too 😊