Meet Liz and Thelma

Hey, my name is Thelma, though people often call me Thellie for short, and I am a black Labrador. I started my journey as a canine partner when I was eight weeks old. I had so many wonderful, kind and caring traits I was specially chosen to be a canine partner mum to future assistance dogs so I joined the Canine Partners Breeding Programme. Unfortunately, the Covid-19 pandemic hit and I had one small litter and then I struggled to get pregnant again. But luckily for me because of my kind and loving nature I moved into another role…

So this is where my career change came in to become a Dog Ambassador. My handler, Liz, was doing some fostering for the Breeding Team, but when I came into her life she officially joined the Breeding Team and now also supports Charity dog fostering as well as being part of the Dog Ambassador Team with me.

I love doing shake hands (offering a paw as it is known to some people), though I do like to get a little for reward for it!

When I am not raising awareness and raising vital funds at events my favourite thing to do is go for a wonderful swim – I’m really quite good at it. Liz says I am also very good at truffle hunting when it’s the season for it.

Liz has now been with the Charity for six years and has thoroughly enjoyed the many pivotal roles she has had the privilege of doing – though I think I am the best one yet.

I look forward to meeting you at our events and giving lots of cuddles. Make sure you keep an eye out on our social media to see what I get up too!