Coryse Borg speaks to STEPHANIE THEUMA from the Service Dogs Malta Foundation – a voluntary organisation set up a few years ago. Its aim is to assist people with a range of conditions or disabilities, such as children on the autistic spectrum or individuals who are hearing-impaired, by providing them with a service dog that has been trained to overcome some of the difficulties that they encounter on a day-to-day basis Dog Bed data-src='http://ads.independent.com.mt/www/delivery/avw.php?zoneid=22&cb=282&n=afef72b0' border='0' alt='' /> First things first... you are a puppy raiser coordinator, which incidentally sounds like the best job ever. What does this entail? I recruit, train and give support to those individuals and families who volunteer to foster our puppies while they are in training. This is practically a full-time job as the more puppies we have in training the more families we have to train and support. Puppy raisers provide a crucial service to the foundation - without them, we would not be able to train as many dogs as we would like to train. Service dogs are eyes for the blind, ears for the deaf, arms and legs for people with disabilities and warning bells for people with conditions which could put them in life-threatening situations. They provide 24-hour help in daily living activities, helping them to live more independently.