Dogrobes are set to launch a new 2020 calendar to raise vital funds for The Dementia Dog Project.
Dogrobes are set to launch a new 2020 calendar, which they hope will help to raise vital funds for a new pioneering charity that provides assistance dogs for families where a person has a diagnosis of dementia. They will also be supplying one of their practical dog drying coats to every dog that qualifies as a Dementia Assistance Dog once they have completed their training.
The Dementia Dog Project is a collaboration between Alzheimer Scotland and Dogs for Good, combining professional expertise to pilot and develop new services for people living with dementia. The project is funded by charitable donations and explores how trained dogs can help people live well with dementia – both at home through their assistance dog programme, and to promote independent living through their community dog therapy programme.
Margaret Reynolds, owner of Dogrobes, decided to get involved in the Dementia Dog Project following the death of her father, who suffered with Alzheimer’s. She saw how much her toy poodle, Missie, had helped him through the difficult days and the project struck a chord with her.
Margaret explained: “I knew Dogrobes could make a difference to the day-to-day lives of the carers and the dogs, and we wanted to help. Using Dogrobes would save the carer time drying the dog and cleaning up the wet, muddy shake off, as well as providing a talking point. Plus, the dogs would be warm and dry in no time! We have now provided all the Dementia Assistance Dogs with Dogrobes, but when we found out the future of the project was at stake due to lack of funding, we knew we had to do more. So, we have made The Dementia Dog Project our charity of the year for 2019/20 and decided to produce a charity calendar to raise even more funds. We asked our customers and followers to send in photos of their dogs for a competition and the winning dogs are featured on each page of the calendar.”