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Clever dog helps out with the shopping… and fetches food

Pet shop: Assistance dog Ethan uses Sally Whitney’s card to make a contactless payment PICTURE: TONY KERSHAW/SWNS

A YOUNG disabled woman has been given a new lease of life thanks to her assistance dog who helps around the house and even knows how to pay for the shopping.

Labrador Ethan helps wheelchair user Sally Whitney, 31, do laundry and fetch food from the fridge and takes off his own jacket at the end of the day.

Lab-racadabra: The pooch helping owner Sally

Academic researcher Sally, from Brighton, has the autoimmune disease Lupus and Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, where the tissues which should hold her organs in place are stretchy and fragile.

Paw-some: Sally Whitney with Ethan PICTURE: PAUL DAVEY/SWNS

She suffers from violent seizures lasting hours and needed round-the-clock carers until she got Ethan, now five, who can spot early warning signs. The loyal lab — who was ring-bearer when Sally married husband Edward, 34, in 2017 — can even make contactless payments.

She said: ‘He goes into my bag and finds my card. I say “touch” and he leans over to pay, he is very excited when it goes beep. Then I ask him to get the receipt and he breaks it off.’

She went on: ‘I cannot imagine my life without Ethan.’