Western Leader : February 17th 2011
10 WESTERN LEADER, FEBRUARY 17, 2011 NEWS HOT SUMMER DEALS $699 QUEEN SET QUEEN MATTRESS $349 $2219 KING SET QUEEN SET $1699 Epsom Finance available Credit criteria apply. Online catalogue available at bedsrus.co.nz Limited stock, some models not available at all stores. Epic Sleep ONLY BRUS--002106 FEBRUARY 2011 HENDERSON Ph: 835 1203 199B Lincoln Rd, l Classic Sleepyhead quality at a price for everyone l Independent Pocket Spring System l Reduced partner disturbance l Latex Gold comfort layers Squadron 6's fundraising goes to dogs Trusted friend: Taupaki resident Erica Tiedemann with Casper the labrador, Andrea Hawkless of the New Zealand Epilepsy Assist Dogs Trust and Squadron 6 commanding officer James Tayler at RNZAF Base Auckland in Whenuapai. Photo: RANI TIMOTI By RANI TIMOTI A naval squadron at the RNZAF base in Whenuapai is helping make a difference for people with severe epilepsy. Lieutenant Andy Dowling and his wife Claire fostered a labrador for the New Zealand Epilepsy Assist Dogs Trust. For nearly a year, Marty has been a regular visitor and mascot to Squadron 6. Staff also held a raffle to raise $300 for the trust which says dogs can help people with severe epi- lepsy lead safer and more indepen- dent lives. The main prize in the raffle was a flight in a 1945 de Havilland aircraft. Marty has since gone to live in Nelson to help a young man who has had epilepsy since he was four years old. He has given his new companion confidence to live independently and for the first time, attend a work function by himself. He was so easy to look after but we keep in touch with the family who have got him now, says Andy, who is on exchange from the British Royal Navy with the squadron which flies Sea Sprite helicopters. Claire now also helps walk another dog for the trust. Squadron commanding officer James Tayler says Marty was popular at their social functions. You d be there having a meal and feel something at your feet. One of the trust s founders, Andrea Hawkless of Kumeu says it s quite a process to apply to the trust because real need has to be shown and the dog must have a good living environment. A successful applicant is Erica Tiedemann of Taupaki who says she is also in training with her new friend Casper. He provides comfort for herself and her family. They let me out without stressing. I ve been able to catch public transport and go for walks. It makes everyone around under- stand me. Erica says Casper gets a very protective look on his face when- ever she is about to have a seizure. Andrea says: It takes away the fact they re all alone and people look at the dog rather than them. The dogs become aware of impending seizures and alert their owner, she says. We can train them to do any- thing that s necessary. We train them to get the telephone and fetch a towel. Registered epilepsy assist dogs have the legal status of working dogs, with access to public places and transport. New Zealand is one of only three countries with the service.
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