A much loved 11-year-old cockapoo Hearing Dog owned by a Cupar man could be in line for a top award.
Spike, a cocker spaniel / poodle cross, who is a familiar sight in the town with owner Ken Scott, is a finalist in STV’s Hero Animal of the Year awards, backed by RBS.
Something of a character in and around the town, Spike will actually be retiring as a Hearing Dog for Deaf People in about a year from now.
When Ken gets his new Hearing Dog, Spike - a constant companion for the past seven years - will continue to stay with him.
Ken suffered from tinnitus from a young age, leaving him unable to hear what most of us take for granted.
He lip reads in order to have a conversation and uses Spike as his “four-legged hearing aid.”
Spike will let Ken know when the doorbell goes, alert him to a text coming though on his mobile phone and even give him a warning if the smoke alarm goes off before leading him safely out of the house.
Spike also helps raise money and awareness for Hearing Dogs for Deaf People.
He and Ken will give talks and demonstrations to help show how a hearing dog can provide much needed support for someone like Ken.
The animal hero awards are being screened on Monday, November 2 at 8pm, and viewers will be able to cast their vote after the programme, showcasing the three finalists, including Spike.
Spike will be up against Jewel, a Shetland-cross pony, described as the “heart and soul” of a Riding for the Disabled group in Edinburgh.
The other finalist is a retriever, Damson, who has transformed the life of its disabled owner by opening doors and by helping her owner put the washing out.