Labrador brings new dimension to 6-year-old Mia's life

Video report by ITV News Meridian's Malcolm Shaw

Six-year-old Mia May from Maidstone cannot walk or talk, but her lovable Labrador, can always put a smile on her face.Mia has an undiagnosed genetic condition, which comes with its own challenges, but the presence of support dog Bouncer has brought a new dimension to her life.

He was welcomed into the family, just four months ago but has made a huge difference so far.

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The families of children with complex needs often have to fundraise to pay for things they need to get the most from life, and parents Joanna Woollard and Nick McDonald are no exception. 

They have been working with the Kent-based charity Tree of Hope who helped to source Bouncer from another charity Supporting Paws.

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At less than a year old, Bouncer has still to be fully trained, but he has all the makings of a loyal companion.

Nick and Joanna admit that at times during the lockdowns it has been tough ensuring Mia gets all the stimulation she needs, but since he arrived on the scene, Bouncer has hardly put a paw wrong.