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14.10.19

Poppy the Golden Retriever shows us how dogs may be used more in medicine in the future.

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Poppy the Golden Retriever shows us how dogs may be used more in medicine in the future.

To kick off our Cross Curricular Week with the theme ‘What will the world be like in 100 years’ time, the Nursery and Pre-Prep were treated to a wonderful talk this afternoon from the charity Medical Detection Dogs. Millie, Biddy and Doug (and Poppy the Golden Retriever) entertained us with fascinating facts about how dogs are well placed to help in medical matters. It is all thanks to the dog’s nose which has a fantastic ability to smell. We learnt that it is possible for a dog to smell one drop of blood in an Olympic sized swimming pool! Medical detection dogs can help people with diabetes live a normal life outside hospital by alerting their owners when they need to eat something or take some medicine. Dogs can even be trained to smell for diseases like cancer. The children loved watching Poppy demonstrate her skills when she had to find a hidden toy using only her nose, and they all went up for a cuddle when the talk was over! On Friday the Pre-Prep children will be donating £1 each as part of their dress up day and will also be holding a cake sale on Friday afternoon to raise money for this brilliant charity.

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