Beverly works daily with Skipper in a balance harness. Without him she would be unsteady and unable to walk alone. He provides her with the independence she needs to maneuver on her own.
Emily, our newest team, also works with her new dog, Saco, in a balance harness. Emily has been waiting for over two years for her dog and is looking forward to the new independence he will provide for her.
Lyn is working with Bristol as a facility therapy dog. Bristol works in a wounded warrior yoga program providing stress relief for veterans who participate in the program. Bristol also works in a reading program in a local school.
As I stood in the graduation hall and looked out at the eighty or so people in attendance, I couldn’t help but think that each and every person there had a part in process. There were breeders who donate the puppies, groomers who bath and groom the puppies, and veterinarians who care for the puppies. There were puppy raisers and Aunties, board members and volunteers, and event organizers and donors.
No one person’s role is too big or two small. Everyone is important, right down to the person in the park who willingly stops and takes a moment of their time to help us socialize a new puppy in training. Each person does what they can to help us with our mission, and each and every effort, big or small, is so greatly appreciated.
And on one glorious day a year we all gather to celebrate our efforts. Thank you everyone!