While most of our dogs that we keep at home are companions, others have jobs that are vitally important for a variety of people.

Police dogs are trained specifically to assist the police in the line of duty. They protect their handlers and can chase down and hold criminal suspects who try to run from the police, the most common police dogs are German Shepherds.

Detection dogs have an exceptional sense of smell and are trained to sniff out various substances such as illegal drugs, explosives, blood and human remains. Some detection dogs even learn to detect cancer. Common breeds are Spaniels, Labradors and German Shepherds.

Search and rescue dogs have great agility and an exceptional sense of smell and hearing. They are highly-trained to search out missing people and alert their handler when they have found them. They are vital members of local Mountain Rescue teams; common breeds are Border Collies and Labradors.

Therapy dogs are used to give emotional support to people who are sick or injured, often visiting hospitals and nursing homes. Any breed of dog can be used but they need to have the right temperament, socialisation and training.

Herding dogs work with a variety of livestock such as sheep and cattle. A herding dog is basically born for the job, the most common breed used round here are Border Collies but any breed that has a herding instinct can be used.

Service dogs are specifically trained to assist people with disabilities. Some examples of service dogs are guide dogs for the blind, mobility assistance dogs, seizure alert dogs. Common breeds are Labradors, Golden Retrievers, standard Poodles and German Shepherds.

If you would like a chat about your dogs grooming requirements, or to make an appointment, give me a ring on 07746 485 330.

Lexa Ray, Floyd’s Dog Grooming


We have had a summer this year and the evenings have been well spent outdoors. One and all have enjoyed the long and warm hours of sunshine and understandably taken every opportunity to be outside rather than in.

Autumn is here, the evenings are shortening, the poets are venturing back in and it is good to see their faces and the new faces that are venturing in too.

Poets Out Loud is looking good for the dark evenings of winter.

I bumped into one of our new poets last week. She told me how much she had enjoyed her evening and how surprised she was at the range and the variety of poems and poets. She added that the initial fear of being out of place soon faded and the relaxed and truly informal gathering of folks turned out to be far above her expectations of a poetry only evening and the second Wednesday of the month is now highlighted on her calendar.

There are many different types of poems and this week we have a sonnet for you to enjoy from John Scrivens:

November, now one Dry midnight leaves slow-circling at my feet, Enlivened by a chill, insistent breeze; My collar turned, I stride past naked trees,

WWW.THECOCKERMOUTHPOST.CO.UK Avoid the gaze of passers-by I meet.

With autumn gone, the world is drained of heat,

And with the night and moon about to freeze, Forgetting you a matter of some ease, I tell myself, just staring at the street. At home, it's toast, and make the study neat; I'll rearrange my papers as I please,

And leave unkempt the rooms that no-one sees;

I'll close the door, my dark cocoon complete; I see your book beside the empty chair, And now my cold world melts in hot despair. John Scrivens

The Kirkgate Centre, Cockermouth.

Second Wednesday of every month 8.00pm - 10.30pm, doors open 7.45pm Entry £2.50 donation on the door

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