|Maggie and Jamie|
Last week the School welcomed Maggie and Jamie, her hearing dog for the deaf. Jamie is a spaniel/poodle cross and he’s been with Maggie for a year.
Maggie's first hearing dog, Clay, was the first assisted dog to work in Canterbury Cathedral. Sadly he died a few years ago. A service was held in his honour and helped raise awareness of the invaluable job done by hearing dogs.
Pupils were given the opportunity to ask questions. Maggie was asked "How much does it cost to train Jamie, and what will a hearing dog cost over its lifetime?": she explained that it costs about £12,000 to train a puppy. Over its lifetime it will cost £50,000 to keep training and monitoring the dog’s progress.
The costs are immense and the School Council has decided to make Hearing Dogs for the Deaf its charity this term. Each house will be organising and running fundraising stalls during break for a week. A competition to design a coat for Jamie will also be held.
During their visit, Jamie and Maggie visited every class at the School, and pupils had a chance to stroke and pamper Jamie.