Friday, 16 September 2011
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.

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