Wonder Dogs: dogs that change people’s lives is an inspiring exhibition that celebrates the amazing and life-changing work of assistance dogs. These dogs work with people with a range of disabilities and medical conditions and help them to overcome daily challenges and lead full lives.
In the UK, there are eight accredited assistance dog charities with over 7,000 active working dogs and this exhibition looks at four of them.
Dogs for Good which improves the lives of people with physical disabilities and children with autism. Guide Dogs for the Blind which is the most well-known and longest running of the charities, enabling people with vision impairments lead full lives. Hearing Dogs for Deaf People, based in Saunderton, Bucks, changes the lives of adults and children with hearing impairments. Medical Detection Dogs, based in Great Horwoord, Bucks, keeps people with complex medical conditions safe.
The exhibition tells the stories of the owners and how their dogs help them in their lives. The exhibition also looks at The Dogs Nose and the pioneering work of the Bio Detection Dogs, who use a dogs’ fantastic sense of smell to detect diseases such as cancer, Parkinson’s disease and malaria.
Meet the Wonder Dogs Special August Events
The four charities featured in the exhibition will bring their own Wonder Dogs and owners to the museum for you to meet and find out more about the life-changing work and brilliant things these amazing dogs do.
Meet a Medical Detection Dog: Thursday 9 August, 11am – 12noon
Meet a Guide Dog: Thursday 16 August, 11am – 12noon
Meet a Dogs for Good Assistance Dog: Thursday 23 August, 11am – 12noon
Meet a Hearing Dog: Thursday 30 August, 11am – 12noon
Places are limited so please reserve your space for these events. Events are free but admission to the museum is by donation.