As regular readers will know, lil’sis was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis over ten years ago. I’m not going to beat around the bush: it’s a horrible, horrible disease which affects quality of life on every level.
Of course we research everything we can to find out what can be done to help those with this disease, and one of the charities she and I talk about is Canine Partners, who train assistance dogs. They do the most amazing work, providing dogs for the disabled in the same way that Guide Dogs for the Blind do for those with no sight.
We often joke that we should train up Posetta Baddog, but sadly she is a) far too bloody minded and b) a little small. (She’s a dachshund.) Most importantly, it takes not just hundreds of hours of training but hundreds and hundreds of pounds to train an assistance dog.
To that end fashion designer Ben de Lisi (remember the glorious dresses for Kate Winslet?), and one of the UK’s foremost fashion experts, the beyond brilliant Caryn Franklin have joined forces to help national charity, Canine Partners, create a fashion show with a difference on Thursday 18 November.
Dogs, Rocks and Frocks will combine the grace and beauty of professional models with the skills of dogs trained to help people with disabilities.
The event is being held at St Mary’s in Wyndham Place, London, W1, with a drinks
reception at 6.30pm followed by the fashion show and auction with a light supper included.
The show will be hosted by Caryn, and is being created by the fashion team from C4’s
How To Look Good Naked. Alongside the professional models on the catwalk, a selection of the Charity’s working assistance dogs will be showing off their skills in a variety of tasks including taking money from a cash machine, undressing their human partner, and fetching help in an emergency.
Tickets are £75 and are available online at www.caninepartners.org.uk Alternatively you can email firstname.lastname@example.org or call Jill Green on 01730 716026.
On a side note, if you’d like to read about how a puppy is trained in the US as a Service Animal, then do go over to Raising Ruby: A Colorado Service Puppy in Training, one of the blogs I recommended last year, and written by a Service Puppy Raiser for Canine Partners of the Rockies.