Danny paid his second visit in recent months to The Royal British Legion. On this occasion he was visiting the Orihuela Costa and District where he was keen to show off his much acclaimed assistance dog Voltio, a 7 year old brown labrador.
It’s fair to say that the demonstration was met by members with some misgivings but within just a few seconds, rather than Voltio, it was the branch members that were eating out of his hands.
Voltio was able to demonstrate an amazing range of obedience and skills including, switching on lights, removing items from drawers, as well as opening the fridge door and helping his master to undress.
Danny trains dogs to assist those with mobility problems and, for over half an hour, Legion members were “spell bound” by the different ways Voltio was able to provide his help. Danny told us that Spain is one of the few countries which give assistance dogs free to those in need, which is a really vital service.
Danny also trains guide dogs for the blind through Ocio, rescue and sniffer dogs, as well as dogs such as Voltio who provide assistance to those who are less able or suffering from a disability.
As well as providing training above Danny works at the Hondon Valley Animal Rescue (HOVAR), a charity that is always in need of assistance. The centre has a charity shop in Calle Neuva, Hondón de las Nieves, which accepts gifts and donations that will help in providing a better life for the animals at the centre.
The Orihuela Costa Branch meets at the Olympia restaurant, Mil Palmeras, on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at 7.00 for 7.30pm. The branch enjoys many social functions, and everyone is welcome.
Locations and details of all Branches can be found at: www.britishlegion.org. uk/counties/spain-north. For support and information, email firstname.lastname@example.org or call 676 451 780.