Bruce posing nicely

Bruce – The Story of a SAD Scheme Dog

Bruce came into the care of The Labrador Rescue Trust as he suffers from epilepsy. As this was a clinically diagnosed pre-existing condition on his arrival into our care, he was eligible for our SAD (Supported Adopted Dog) scheme.

Bruce has been in his new home with Graham and Penny for nearly a year now. Having always had black Labradors but from puppies, to take Bruce at 2 ½ years old was quite a big change for Graham and Penny, but one of their past Labradors had suffered from epilepsy so the condition didn’t worry them too much and the support and help received from The Trust with the SAD scheme, knowing that all the costs associated with his epilepsy treatment is covered, gave them tremendous reassurance.

Bruce has settled into Graham and Penny’s home and family incredibly well and they say it’s as though he’s been with them from a pup.

Training has been essential in this process, giving him structure and developing a loyal bond especially with Graham and they would like to thank reward-based gun dog trainer Jill Thorpe at Develop Your Dog for all her help.

Bruce is part of the family – he’s a real character and although he’s a sociable and loving dog, he still doesn’t give out many cuddles!

A big Thank You to Graham and Penny and their family for welcoming a dog with a medical condition into your home and to Jill for supporting their training journey using kind, ethical and reward based training methods.