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Orchestra Welcomes Assistance for Autism Dog JJ to BSO Rehearsal

Updated: Feb 6, 2023



MEMBERS of Basingstoke Symphony Orchestra had a pre-Christmas rehearsal with a difference on Friday 25 November as they practised in the presence of 10-week-old JJ, a Golden Retriever puppy who is in training to become an Assistance Dog for Dogs for Autism.

BSO playing member, Hilary Armour, who plays in the Violin section, is the charity’s founder and CEO and JJ is one of several dogs currently being trained by the organisation, which is based at Beech, Alton.

“Part of autism assistance training involves ensuring a dog is socialised from a very early age,” says Hilary. “So my Friday night rehearsal with the BSO offered us a perfect opportunity for JJ to experience all sorts of new sights, sounds and people. The conductor and players were all very happy to have him there!”

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