Meet the chocolate labrador who does her disabled owner's laundry, washing up and even answers the phone
17:30 GMT, 8 November 2012
They say dog is man's best friend – and chocolate labrador Alucia most certainly confirms this statement.
Alucia is the helpful hound who does all sorts of chores for her wheelchair-bound owner – including emptying the washing machine, fetching post and picking up phones.
Owner Pam Quick, 57, said: 'She is an absolute sweetheart, I don’t know what I did before her.
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Chocolate Labrador Alucia is the helpful hound who does all sorts of chores for disabled owner Pam Quick
'I love having her around, she is adorable.
'She does all sorts for me – she empties the washing machine, puts clothes in the laundry basket and then pulls the basket to the airer so I can hang them up.'
Alucia is getting used to Pam’s home in west Hull but has already learned how to do a number of helpful chores.
She can release the tricky clasp on
the washing machine to open it and a ball on a string tied to the linen
basket helps her drag the washing from the kitchen to the lounge.
two-year-old dog will also fetch her own bowl from the cupboard, return
it when she has finished eating and lift Pam’s foot onto her
Alucia's helpful chores include emptying the washing machine for her owner
All in a day's work! Alucia collects the post first thing and helps unload the dishwasher too
And when Pam gives the command, Alucia will run to fetch the post.
Pam has been a wheelchair user since breaking bones in her back in 2000 and applied to Canine Partners to get a dog.
Pam said: 'I'm currently teaching her how to open the dishwasher.
'There is a little string on the
handle, which she can pull down but she has to put her paws on it to get
it all the way down to the floor.
'She doesn’t like the feel of metal, so the fact she is doing it is a really good sign.
'Canine Partners have been wonderful – all their help and training has been amazing.
'I am so grateful to them for everything they have done.'
VIDEO: Gorgeous Alucia sorts out the laundry and even tidies up…
Pam is so grateful of Alucia's help around the house and they have become the best of friends
Alucia was taught how to perform household chores by Canine Partners
Two-year-old Alucia cuddles owner Pam after a full day's work