Terrific Truffles on her travels: From schools to shows, Dudley wellbeing dog’s diary is full
Truffles has been busy shaking paws with emergency service workers and members of the public this week.
The Dudley police wellbeing dog trotted down to the Emergency Services Show at the NEC on Wednesday to greet visitors and showcase the important role she plays in supporting the community whilst representing the National Police Wellbeing service Oscar Kilo 9.
Affectionately known as Terrific Truffles, she’s already making a difference by empowering and enabling people to open up, offering emotional support to those who need it and helping vulnerable people.
On Thursday, to celebrate Emergency Services Day, a national day honouring 999 heroes, she attended Pens Meadow special education school in Kingswinford, meeting 14 to 19 year olds with learning difficulties. She was a fantastic hit, having a calming effect on the excited students whilst they played with her.
Since passing her therapy dog training with flying colours in May, the tiny pup has made a massive impact over the last four months, travelling around the force and supporting those in need.
In July two of our officers were attacked while on patrol in West Bromwich and it was a really worrying time for everyone involved. Truffles paid a visit to the whole team to provide some emotional support.
Later that month she made her way to the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire for the Care of Police Survivors event where she was a great support to the families of those who’ve tragically died in the line of duty.
In August she visited a women’s refuge in Dudley, where her antics provided a much-needed distraction for the women and children who live there. Her friendly fluffy demeanour and gentle gestures meant that one child who hadn’t spoken a word in months actually started talking – her mother was so overwhelmed she started crying.
And Truffles hasn’t stopped there. Her adventures have also taken her to the Mary Stevens Hospice summer Fayre, meeting the children during Dudley Police week, running races at the Coseley Summer scheme and even an invite to Essex for the National Service Dog Bravery and Achievement awards. Her diary is already jam-packed.
Inspector Paul Van Veen, from Dudley neighbourhood policing unit, said: “Truffles is full of character and spreads happiness wherever she goes. She may not be your traditional police dog but as one person described her, ‘she sniffs out sadness’.
“She’s been to lots of events in the Dudley area and around the West Midlands – you might have already seen her out and about, spreading moments of magic where it’s needed.
“We’ve already seen the difference she’s made to many people’s lives, particularly in the case of those who have been through challenging and traumatic situations, and she has an important job ahead in continuing to offer that comfort and support to the force and wider community.”