My name is Luigi and I am an Assistance Dog !
A little about me….
Q: What breed of dog are you?
A: I am a pure-breed Italian Greyhound. I belong in the sighthound group but no, I am not a “minature greyhound”. Yes, I am fully grown! I am not used to race either but I can run at speeds up to 40km per hour!
Q : You look like a Greyhound? Are you related? What is the origin of your breed?
A : I have a whole page of breed information for you to read up about!
To give you an idea of my size – This is a photo of a Greyhound, a Whippet and an Italian Greyhound side by side. All dogs are fully matured adults.
Q : Because you are pure-breed are you also a show dog?
A : No, but I do come from a long line of prestigious show dogs. My grandparents are international champions! I was going to also be shown but part of the requirements of becoming an Assistance Dog meant that I had to be desexed. Unfortunately show dogs must not be desexed. Being an Assistance Dog was much more important to mum and I that we decided to give up on a show career.
Q: How old are you?
A: I was born 26th April 2007
Q: How much do you weigh?
A: About 5.5 kg of pure might and power!!
Q: You’re so little, what services do you perform?
A: I am small, but that doesn’t stop me doing a great job! I am a Medical Alert and Response dog so my job is to warn my handler before she gets sick and respond to help her during medical crisis. I know lots of people are curious to know more, but we don’t tell strangers. My handler likes to keep her medical conditions private, I’m sure you understand!
Q: Where can I find out more about you?
A: Follow me on Facebook!
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Q: You’re so little, and that back pack looks BIG?
A: My backpack is bulky, however I don’t actually carry that much in it. I carry my ID card and mum’s medication. It doesn’t weigh much, just looks big.
Q: How long have you officially been an Assistance Dog?
A: I have been training to help since I was just a puppy – I started my training when I was 8 weeks old! I officially became an Assistance Dog on 20th June 2008.
Q: Who trained you?
A: I am really lucky, my mum has 15 years of experiance in showing, breeding, handling and training dogs so she worked with me in all my training. If you would like to know more have a look at my training page!
Q: Do you ever get to be “just a dog” ?
A: Yes! When my vest comes off I act like a normal dog. When I come home I love to blow of some sillies by doing Zommies! My favourite game is Tug-O-War.