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‘Hero’ dog trained to take food shop to vulnerable neighbour during coronavirus

A dog named Sundance is doing his part to make sure his vulnerable neighbour doesn't need to leave the house during the coronavirus pandemic by helping out with her food shop.

Karen Evelth's neighbour Renee Hellman has COPD (chronic obstructive pulmonary disease) and other medical conditions which leave her vulnerable to the outbreak of COVID-19.

Wanting to help Renee stay safe, Karen got creative and trained her dog, also known as Sunny, to be the missing link.

Every morning, the doggo makes the short journey along a narrow path between the two homes in Colorado to pick up Renee's shopping list, which he carries in his mouth to return to Karen.

They then head out to pick up everything she needs, before returning home, where Sundance carries the shopping bag to his grateful neighbour.

It started as a test run to see if Sunny was up to the task, but he quickly showed how willing he was to help and has been Renee's delivery boy for a few weeks - with Karen pledging they'll keep it up as long as required.

Renee said Karen was a 'great neighbour who watches out for me', and couldn't believe it when Sundance kept popping up at her front door to take the list.

With the arrangement proving to be such a success, Karen told ABC : "He does get his treats, he's motivated by those for sure.

"But he's really special to me, and I'd be lost without him because he helps me so much, so I wanted him to help other people. That's exactly what he did." Renee added: "He just did it, it was all of a sudden, and he was here like 'that's my job and I'm going to do it'.

"We have to have something fun in our lives, and this is definitely fun."



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