We are delighted to announce a very special partnership.
You may remember a few years ago now when a man and his dog appeared on the TV show Britain’s Got Talent and brought the public (and judges!) to tears through sharing their heroic story. Police Constable Dave Wardell and Police Dog Finn had been a strong partnership for many years as they did their part in protecting those living in the Hertfordshire area. Finn is now enjoying his retirement with Dave and his family but has continued to take any opportunity to show other trainee dogs the ropes and what it means to be a brave police dog.
The Scottish SPCA rescues and rehabilitates thousands of dogs every year. Some have even gone on to do important roles just like Finn. Dave and Finn are an inspiring example of what it means to have such a strong human-animal bond. Their story showcases the fact that animals experience emotions too and having a relationship with an animal can really support you and in some cases help turn your life around.
Dave and Finn have been friends of the Scottish SPCA for many years and we feel now is the right time for Finn in particular to be able to share his wisdom and help inspire the next generation.
We are excited to launch a unique set of free educational toolkits for both Primary and Secondary schools. If you work with and educate young people, please take advantage of this free resource and you will soon see it has many cross curricular links. In particular, it links in very well with the health and wellbeing curriculum, including if you are currently focusing on recognition and regulation of emotions with your class. If you are a parent/carer, using this toolkit is great activity for connecting a young person to a unique and powerful story and supporting the relationship they may have with an animal.
This is just the start of the Scottish SPCA’s journey with Dave and Finn and we have many more exciting plans in the pipeline.
So let us know what you think of what we have created so far and watch this space as our adventure gets going!