Sponsor a puppy: Rico

Sponsor hearing dog puppy Rico from just £3 a month and you’ll receive a fantastic welcome pack, four printed updates of his journey, and exclusive updates in our Puppy Pen blog.

Gender: Male
Breed: Cocker Spaniel
Colour: Chocolate
Likes: Plant pots, tufts of grass
Dislikes: Waiting for dinner

Sponsor Rico: The cuddle monster

Who sits by his food cupboard thirty minutes before feeding time with his bottom rooted to the spot? Who runs off with the napkins from people’s laps at dinner? Who loves playing by tossing plastic plant pots and tufts of grass joyfully into the air?

Rico, of course!

He’s a puppy of many talents. He can ‘help’ empty the washing machine, and bags of shopping. He can explore the furniture, especially the top of the sofa by walking along it. And, after being such a busybody, he can even stretch out in front of the fire, or on his back on the beanbag. He’s really good at that.

Or, he can curl up on your lap. Actually, your lap is perfect for him. Yes, we do mean yours! Anybody’s, in fact. He’s happy a lot of the time, but he’s happiest having cuddles, curled up on a nice warm lap. In our eyes, that makes Rico a cuddle monster – one who will also love cuddles from his eventual deaf recipient, changing their lives by being their loyal, furry friend and helping them to leave loneliness behind.

Training progress: Indoors, outdoors, anything for a treat

Rico is learning quickly. He’s already learned to sit patiently before being let through the door, and then, having gone through, sit patiently on the other side. In fact, he loves going through doors because he gets treats for doing this! With new sights and sounds he’s cautious at first, but in a good way: it doesn’t take long before his curiosity takes control.

What is it about washing machines that Rico loves so much? What will he do when he grows too large for laps? Will he always be a cuddle monster? And which deaf person will he help to reconnect with life? Sponsor Rico today and find out!


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What we'll send you

£3 Sponsorship welcome pack

Donate £3 a month and receive a welcome pack including a sponsorship certificate, three postcards of your puppy and other goodies plus regular photo-updates on your puppy’s progress through their training.

£5 Sponsorship welcome pack medium

Donate £5 a month and you'll also receive a cute cuddly toy dog in a smart Hearing Dogs jacket, and a notepad.

£10 Sponsorship welcome pack premium

Donate £10 a month and you'll also receive a beautiful framed photo of your puppy.


Call 01844 348100 to sponsor by phone. Our phoneline is available between 9am–5pm Mon–Fri.