Thursday, March 1, 2007

Barclay's Banks Go Barking Mad

Barclays in the U.K. has turned to trained Labs to assist the handicapped at their ATM's.

"The dog stands on its back legs, places its paws on the machine and takes the card, the money and the receipt in its mouth and gives it to the person in the wheelchair. It is quite impressive to see." Around 30 dogs - usually Labradors or retrievers - are trained by Canine Partners for wheelchair users each year.

Other tasks [service dogs can] learn include operating a pedestrian crossing button, loading a washing machine, picking items off supermarket shelves and helping their owners dress and undress.
Read the whole story here. Labs are the greatest. I have two females that are so smart, I expect to find them reading a newspaper when I get home. And then I have a gigantic male who is the most lovable of the three, but who will never be inducted into Canine Mensa. To his credit, he does have a taste for good books, but unfortunately I mean that only in a literal sense.

1 comment:

Allen and Endal said...

Hi there

Allen and Endal here. Endal the dog on the right. For the last ten years he has given me a quality of life I though once lost to me for ever. He has saved my life, my marriage and my relationship with my childen. There are no limits to what we can achieve together tells all

warmest regards

Allen and Endal


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