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Rescue Dog Thai Leads the Way for Cornerstone

18 Dec 2017

Stonehaven, December 2017 - A little dog which was rescued from the meat trade in Thailand is now helping disabled people in Stonehaven after becoming a therapet for Cornerstone, one of Scotland's largest charities and a leading provider of services for people with disabilities and other support needs.

Thai, who is believed to be a Tibetan Terrier cross, was just minutes from death when he was rescued by police who raided the premises of a gang which killed dogs for their fur.

He went on to spend three years in a rescue centre in Thailand before moving to Scotland to live with David Neill and his family in the North-east seaside town.

A Support Worker with Cornerstone in Stonehaven for the past 15 years, David soon spotted eight-year-old Thai’s potential due to his gentle nature.

“I was immediately struck by Thai’s temperament,” said David. “I just had a feeling that a particular person I support would benefit from working with Thai and when we tried it, it was a success. Thai now comes to work with me every day to visit other people I support.  
He has a lovely temperament. He’s quiet and doesn’t jump up or snap. His gentle manner helps engender a calmness in the people I support and they very much look forward to his visits. He is very loved by all those he meets.”

Just last year, Thai was a semi-finalist at Scruftts: Family Crossbreed of the Year competition at Crufts, and was featured in a Channel 4 documentary.

David has been so inspired by Thai that he has written and published three fantasy adventure novels called Thai and the Ghost of Dunnottar Castle, Thai and the Legend of Gallows Hill, and Thai and the Creature of the Loch. A fourth book is currently in production.

Cornerstone has recently awarded Thai his very own ID card, which states that he is now officially a Volunteer Therapet for the charity.

David said:

“The whole family is very proud of Thai – as well as a working dog, he is an important member of our family, along with our two cats. Although he is calm most of the time, he can be mischievous at times. He is just a lovely friend to have.”



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About Cornerstone

Cornerstone provides care and support services for adults, young people and children across Scotland with learning disabilities, physical disabilities and other support needs.

Since 1980, Cornerstone has grown to support more than 2,000 people each year, delivering services within 18 local authority areas across Scotland. More information on Cornerstone can be found by visiting