Cadets drill dog for deaf

Macclesfield Express - - SCHOOLS NEWS -

MARCH­ING army cadets helped a trainee hear­ing dog to help get it used to loud noises.

The Mac­cles­field Army Cadets were joined by Daphne, a 13-month-old Show Cocker Spaniel who is cur­rently be­ing trained by Hear­ing Dogs for Deaf Peo­ple to be­come a hear­ing dog.

Daphne, with her puppy so­cialiser Caro­line Ro­eves, vis­ited the de­tach­ment to watch the cadets prac­tice their drill in readi­ness for the Re­mem­brance Sun­day pa­rade and ser­vice in Mac­cles­field this month.

In six months Daphne will be homed with a deaf child or adult to help with ev­ery­day ac­tiv­i­ties.

Caro­line said: “Daphne needs to ex­pe­ri­ence and get used to all dif­fer­ent en­vi­ron­ments. There was lots for Daphne to get used to at the cadets, new sounds and smells and all the cadets march­ing up and down. Daphne took it all in her stride and re­ally en­joyed the at­ten­tion she got from the cadets.”

The cadets, which is suit­able for 12 to 17-yearolds, meet at the ACF build­ing off Somer­ton Road, on the We­ston, meet ev­ery Mon­day and Wed­nes­day evening to learn field craft, drill, first aid and work to­wards events like the Re­mem­brance Sun­day Pa­rade.

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