I recently received a post from from UK friend, Allen Parton. He has a whiz of a Yellow Lab Assistance Dog named Endal and also a Demonstration Assistance Dog named Ikea. While Ikea was initially being trained to be an assistance dog, medical issued curtailed his career. However, he does a GReat job doing assistance dog demonstration work.
Endal and Ikea are pictured below in this wonderful bank photo. Endal is on the left and Ikea is in the middle.
I thought this was Bark-lays bank…
They might not be able to help if you forget your Pin, but these dogs can get your money out without paws-ing for thought.
The pooches are among an army of ‘assistance dogs’ who have been trained to withdraw money from cash machines for their disabled owners.
They are adept at inserting and withdrawing cards at ATMs to help owners in wheelchairs who are often not able to stretch far enough to do it themselves.
A spokesman for charity Canine Partners, which trains the dogs, said: ‘They put in the card and take it out and take out the money and give it to the person in the wheelchair. They can’t put in the Pin but a person in a wheelchair can go sideways on and do that.’
Up to 30 dogs are trained each year and the charity is hoping to double that figure next year. It takes two years to train them, in which time they also learn to load the washing and pick up items from shop shelves.
One of the graduates of the scheme is ten-year-old Endal, who helped start the ATM service by chance.