TWO strawberry blondes posed for the camera on Monday, when actress Lesley Nicol met the latest recruit at the Medical Detection Dogs charity, in Great Horwood.
Ms Nicol, who plays cook Mrs Patmore in the TV drama Downton Abbey, has been the charity’s ambassador for the past six months.
The five-month-old apricot miniature poodle, who is going to be trained to be an assistance dog for a person with a life-threatening condition, to detect an oncoming acute medical crisis, has been named Patmore in Ms Nicol’s honour.
Ms Nicol said: “I completely believe in what they’re doing. You talk to any of the people who have these dogs and they’ll tell you it’s life-changing.
“But there’s a waiting list. There’s an urgent need for more money to train more dogs.”
It costs just under £10,000 to train a medical assistance dog, along with the client and their family. There is currently a four-year waiting list for people needing a dog.
Patmore will be in puppy walking until she’s a year old. They she will start advanced training, learning to recognise an odour and alert a person.