“…In a world before Abby, Amanda Jackson could get her son Sam motivated to walk only by wiggling a ribbon on the end of a stick.
Now it is the wagging tail of Abby, a big-hearted black Labrador – that entrances the 10-year-old and he will follow it wherever she goes.
The Jackson family wouldn’t hesitate to call Abby a wonder dog;-
- one of a growing number of canines employed to help humans with disabilities or conditions that deprive them of their independence -
- giving them comfort, confidence, security and a sense of freedom.
Assistance dogs can be trained to pay for shopping, do laundry, help their companions undress.
They can lend a haunch to lean on, a soft head to pat and even fetch help for those with life-threatening conditions.
We’ve long thought of working dogs as tackling criminals, sniffing out drugs or illegal apples, and physically guiding people.
Now their caring natures are sought for palliative benefits…”
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