When my Doctor recommended that I get a Service Dog, my first thought was “wonderful, a new tool for my tool bag,” but what I have found since Charcoal and I were paired, is a whole new way of life and thinking for me. Charcoal is not a pet, he is an extension of ME that I have to tend to and be tended by each day. I feed, water, walk, train, and play with him; he is my constant companion night and day. Charcoal helps distract me when my pain gets really bad and also warns me
My husband, Michael, and I have raised five puppies for Brigadoon. What a joy! Each puppy was special. We loved the first first weeks of teaching the basics, even though there were a few early morning challenges! When they reached 4 months old we took them everywhere: grocery stores, doctors offices, hospitals, concerts, churches, restaurants, on buses and car trips, to visit friends in their homes and to various meetings. Wherever I went, the puppy wearing his Brigadoon
I continue to say 'thank goodness I got layed-off'. That is what brought me to COMPANIS which brought me to Brigadoon. 😁🐾
Sugar (hug/Shuga) is my 6th pup and it fills me with not knowing how these pups go on to affect so many lives (mine, those around me, the prisoners, and finally their forever person ) 💗🐾.
Nugget has helped transform my life from staying at home all day, every day and barely being able to function to being back at work full time as a licensed clinical social worker in community health and primary care settings. While it was a long road, returning to work helped restore my sense of purpose and meaning, and has been an essential part of learning to live well in spite of the challenges I have.
In the time Nugget has been in my life we moved from small town South
Puppy raising is now a big part of who I am. I got into it because I really wanted a dog in my life and lived in a very small condo. My husband and I needed a dog that we didn't need to leave at home, the answer at the time was puppy raising...that was 16 years ago. I fell in love with the process and the friendships we made. I am a better person because of puppy raising. We are on puppy #18 overall but #2 for Brigadoon.