An unwanted puppy rehomed by Blue Cross is now helping to turn around the fortunes of troubled youngsters through his remarkable work as a school support dog.
Vader was rescued with his siblings in Ireland and was soon in the care of our Bromsgrove rehoming team, which worked hard to instil in him the vital socialisation he had missed out on due to his poor start to life.
And it wasn’t long before he found a home with Tracey Berridge, the founder of charity Dogs Helping Kids (DHK), and her husband Mark, near Barnstaple in Devon.
The couple – heartbroken following the loss of their beloved pet and original DHK school dog, Laya – saw Vader’s profile on the Blue Cross website and soon made the six-hour round trip to visit him at the West Midlands centre.
As she had hoped, Tracey immediately saw the downtrodden pup’s potential, despite his sorry start to life.
“I did some clicker training with him to see how receptive he would be to the future training I had planned for him. He was great; really, really receptive and just did everything beautifully.
“You could just tell that he had such a sweet nature about him – he’s a very deep and soulful dog.”