Emily, a four-year-old labrador, unties shoelaces, removes shoes and picks up produce from supermarket shelves. Her latest trick is collecting cheques from dignitaries.
Owner Andy Fields received £500 from Hursleybased Merdon Lodge No. 5135, on behalf of Canine Partners – a charity that helps disabled people enjoy greater independence by providing trained dogs.
Fields, a former professional rugby player, partially lost the use of his limbs following a motorcycle accident and relies on Emily for assistance. the overall cost of each animal from puppy to retirement is in the region of £20,000.