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    Victoria Stilwell becomes patron of Devonshire dog charity

    NewsDog Health and WellbeingWednesday 17 April 2013

    Victoria Stilwell is one of the world’s most renowned dog trainers and she has now become the international patron of North Devon’s unique charity, Dogs Helping Kids (DHK).

    Best known as the star of the international TV series It’s Me Or The Dog, Victoria is well known for having a vast insight into positive dog training methods. 
    The founder of DHK, Tracey Berridge, spoke to This is North Devon saying: "Dogs Helping Kids is proud, privileged and very honoured to welcome Victoria Stilwell as an international charity patron.
    "We feel like we have won the lottery to have such an internationally renowned dog trainer supporting us."
    The charity has specially trained dogs that are already helping children to achieve in several schools and two of their dogs are supporting readers at Barnstaple Library. 
    Victoria also spoke to This is North Devon and she said: "The great work being done by DHK is a vital component of the overall effort to help ensure that dogs can achieve their full potential as both educational and therapeutic aids, especially to children."
    The principles of the charity sit well with Victoria’s mission to make the world a better place for dogs and their owners. 
    She is heavily involved in a number of organisations across the globe as she helps to raise awareness of puppy mills, dog fighting, animal abuse and other related causes. 
    Two of the world’s best known positive dog trainers are now patrons of DHK as Victoria joins along with Gwen Bailey who supported the cause last year. 
    Tracey added: "We are proud to have both Gwen Bailey and Victoria as our charity patrons, which is possibly the best endorsement of our unique work that we can possibly receive."
    DHK is the subject of a Journ al appeal called Waggy Tails, Calmer Minds in which one of the central objectives is to train up dogs to work in North Devon schools.
    "We feel like we have won the lottery to have such an internationally renowned dog trainer supporting us."
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