Darby and Cruz
Reyna & "Cinder"
I was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2014, and after my first major flare up, my mobility went downhill. Pre-MS, I was running 5k and 10k races, but within a few short years, I was using a cane, walker, or motorized scooter for any activity outside the home. My legs now go numb when I walk more than a minute or two, my steps get slower and shorter, and it became a frustrating and lonely experience just trying to get through a grocery store. Read More
In any given day while walking with Cinder, my hearing dog, I’ll be asked questions as to her breed; “Is that dog part greyhound and collie?” Or “what kind of dog is that?” I’ll smile and try to educate them on smooth collies. She is a conversation piece.
Mary & "Sable"
Andrea, Mary's mother: "Before Sable came into our life, we seldom went anywhere as a family because Mary who has downs syndrome, would wander off. She didn't like us to hold her hand and was quick to disappear. Now that she has "Sable", we can go anyplace as a family. Although Sable was trained to find Mary if she wandered off, she has not had to because Mary never leaves "Sable's" side."
Jose & "Nelson"
I have type 1 brittle diabetes. Last year my blood sugar dropped so fast while I was driving my car that I passed out and crashed. My service dog, "Nelson" alerts me if my blood sugar drops dangerously low. I have so much more independence and not worried about driving now.
Margaret & "Ozzie"
Featured in The Horizon Newspaper, article by Carol Hogan
Do you know Ozzie Cooper –a stand-out at Whatcom Community College? Maybe you passed him in a crowded hallway walking with his best friend, Margaret Cooper, from
class to class.