Lynn Stacey of the United Kingdom, who has a variety of disabilities, states that she would be lost without her assistance dog, as many other assistance dog owners would agree. It's lucky that her Cocker Spaniel Bella is such a smart cookie. Bella performs a number of tasks from simply fetching things to even emptying the washing machine to help out her owner. Since Bella is so smart, Stacey has made the decision to help give back to assistance dogs everywhere by putting Bella up to a challenge.
Every day, Stacey challenges Bella to learn one new trick in order to raise money for Dog A.I.D., an organization that helps disabled clients train their assistance pets to be just like Bella and help them with tasks. Stacey states, “We already do the Dog A.I.D stand at Crufts to inform people about the charity, but I also wanted to do something completely different to help them. Bella is already a Champion Trick Dog and she loves doing her tricks so I thought, why not do a trick a day for a year?”
Stacey takes video of the tricks and uploads them to her website where donators can sponsor particular tricks. Some of the tricks are simple, like playing dead, while others are more complex, like doing a handstand on her front legs. Since doing the tricks makes Bella so happy, Lynn Stacey is training to be an Associate Trick Dog instructor to her community.
The duo have already raised around $240 and are well on their way to their $1,500 goal. After all, there are still plenty of days left in 2015. For those that would like to sponsor one of Bella's tricks or just to check out some of the more interesting ones, perhaps as inspiration for their own talented dog, you can see them on her website.