Disabled dogs: visit Chalindrey for information

Animals. The Handi’chiens Association educates and provides free assistance dogs to people with disabilities. Everything is based on the volunteering of foster families, who have been educating and pampering the puppies for sixteen months. Head to Chalindrey Market, where there is a stall that makes this commitment public.

For the past three months, regular staff at Chalindrey Market have been delighted to find a specific stall dedicated to the Handi’chiens association. “The goal is to make the association known and why not find new host families”, details Christian. Based in Rosoy-sur-Amance, south of Haut-Marne, Christian is currently raising a young Golden Retriever. Sherlock watches the interview from the comfort of the booth. The little dog is calm and attentive.

This stall in the busy Chalindrey market was his idea. “I get bread every week here, at the market, from Laurie, who is a foster family and brings her dog. Today she has three children and stopped because she was very busy. But we can say that it was she who made me want to start and become a foster family »Christian continued.

Christian and his trusty Sherlock.

16 months with family

For four years, Christian welcomed and educated the young dogs. Ditto for François Guiot, also a host family near Chaumont and also a dog trainer at the Chaumont-Choignes club. The second is accompanied by Shaker, the same race as Sherlock. “We welcome puppies from two months old to 18 months old”François Guiot said.

Francois Guiot and Skaker.

Now 14 months old, Shaker will go to a training center on November 6 – for six months – to perfect his education. He will be there very soon in two weeks, to explore the structure, like a return trip. “We teach them about fifty commands. They are also socialized.François Guiot summarizes.

The active dogs are then allocated to their beneficiaries, either within a family or an institute. “Puppies are selected from farms across France at the age of seven weeks according to their disposition. They are neither too dominant nor too reserved and can be male or female.observed Stéphanie and Frédéric, introductory delegates to the two host families from South Haut-Marne, also present at Chalindrey on July 28.

An upcoming separation

Dogs are called beneficiaries based on their abilities and personality traits. “Meetings have been arranged. Hobbies are created and often “it fits” »Stephanie joked.

The big day for the departure of the little dogs for the training center is approaching. It’s always a great moment, even if it’s not always easy to say goodbye to the dog you’ve petted for sixteen months. “Shaker is the second dog I have trained. The first was reformed before leaving and therefore I kept it »François Guiot, delighted with the help that Shaker, his little patron, will be able to give to whom it will be attributed.

A place to learn about the activities of the association.

“Beneficiaries deliver the news, at least once a year and then sometimes have great stories: host families can become relay families and keep dogs when the beneficiary is gone. Vacation”two more delegates.

If you want more information or become a host family, head to Chalindrey Market every Thursday morning. The national sponsor of the Handi’chiens association comes exactly from this village: journalist and presenter Damien Thévenot. Christian crossed his fingers to greet the teams present on Thursday morning. “That would be really cool”he concluded.


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