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Disabled man gets new lease of life with pet dog

Wednesday, 11th July 2012

A disabled man suffering from cerebral palsy has had his life "transformed" with the help of a new dog.

Tilly, a Golden Retriever, was given to Keith Mitchell in November last year, to help him with everyday life, reports The Sun.

She is able to pass Mr Mitchell the remote control, takes clothes out of the washing machine and opens and closes doors for him.

Mr Mitchell told the news provider: "I don’t know what I would do without her. Tilly has transformed my life.

"Before, I didn't have the confidence to go out alone very often … If I dropped something, I would have to wait until my parents or carers arrived to pick it up. Now I have Tilly and she picks up everything that I drop."

Tilly is also able to trigger Mr Mitchell's panic button if he falls by hitting a switch with her nose.

She is the tenth dog to be trained by the Canine Partners in Scotland. Over 1.2 million people in the UK use a wheelchair and Canine Partners trains dogs to assist them so they can have more independence and confidence.