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Springer pups join the Cancer & Bio-detection Dogs team

A bright future is predicted for dog stars as Springer pups join the Cancer &  Bio-detection Dogs team
Two working Springer Spaniels with star quality have been donated to the charity Cancer and Bio-detection Dogs where they’ll shine as pioneers sniffing out human disease.
The dynamic pups have been gifted to the charity by Working Springer Spaniel breeder, Enid Lake from the Isle of Skye and presented to the Charity by international broadcaster and writer on astronomy, space and science, Heather Couper. The pups have been appropriately named Rigel (after one of the brightest stars in the sky) and Sirius (the Dog Star), and the sky’s the limit for what these dogs can achieve.
Heather trained as a scientist and has spent the past 20 years working entirely in the media. She has hosted two major TV series on Channel 4 and appeared on a variety of TV and radio programmes, including the long-running Seeing Stars on BBC World Service.
Heather lives close to the charity’s headquarters in Buckinghamshire and has always been very supportive of its work training dogs to detect cancer in humans and assisting diabetic owners by warning them of changes in their blood sugar levels.
Working Springer Spaniels are incredibly hard-working and intelligent dogs and, while their job with Cancer and Bio-detection Dogs will be quite different to the traditional role of ‘springing’ game birds, Rigel and Sirius are expected to thrive in their new positions.
You can help Cancer and Bio-detection Dogs train even more dogs to sniff out cancer, diabetes and other diseases by taking part in the charity’s new fundraising initiative launched at Crufts – Sniff for Life.
Something as simple as a sniff from a dog can save a life and Cancer and Bio-detection Dogs believes that simple fundraising events such as coffee mornings, dress down days and sponsored dog walks can raise thousands of pounds for these life-saving hounds.
Cancer and Bio-detection Dogs has big plans for helping people with different diseases but it needs the funds to train more of these highly specialist dogs.
You can also help raise funds for the charity by joining its Sponsor a Puppy scheme. For just £3.50 per month or £40 per year you can help support one of the puppies or young dogs currently going through the Cancer and Bio-detection Dogs training programme.
As a sponsor you’ll receive a certificate, photos and quarterly updates on your chosen dog’s progress. You could also be invited to meet them at the Cancer and Bio-detection Dogs training centre when they have completed their training.
Find out more about how you can get involved with Sniff for Life or details on the Sponsor a Puppy scheme by visiting the website at


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