Ability Dogs 4 Young People IW have named a 13-week-old yellow Labrador puppy Kezi, in memory of Keziah Flux-Edmonds, who was murdered, aged six, on June 1, 2016.
The Island charity trains assistance dogs to improve the lives of physically and mentally disabled young people and children on the Isle of Wight.
Keziah’s mum, Nikki gave the charity a generous donation of £1,203 on Keziah’s 10th birthday anniversary to mark the number of days since Keziah was tragically killed. Keziah always loved dogs, and Nikki said: “Keziah would have loved to have met this little puppy, Kezi. She is so full of life with real character, just like Keziah. I am really looking forward to watching Kezi’s progress and hope that she will go on to change a young disabled person’s life in a very positive way.”
Kezi joins the other Ability Dog puppies in training including Trevor, Bonnie, Dylan and Pippa who also joined the charity for 2019. Nikki went along to the puppy training class and met them all.
Carol Court, Founder of Ability Dogs 4 Young People, said: “I am so pleased that we were able to name this little puppy Kezi. She is with Joan, the charity’s first puppy parent so she is in good hands and making very good progress with her initial training.
“She takes everything in her stride, even the noise from the building work at the Training Centre. She also enjoys meeting the other Ability Dog puppies at the weekly training classes.”
Ability Dogs 4 Young People IW welcomes people to ‘adopt’ the puppies to help with their training and feeding and vet appointments, for just a few pounds a month.
You get updates and can meet them at open events. If you think you can help in the shops, by fundraising or are interested in becoming a Puppy Parent please get in touch. Visit www.abilitydogs4yp.org.uk, email firstname.lastname@example.org or phone (01983) 216246.