Cynthia Lambert & Dodie
My journey began in 2006, when I injured my back. Since that time I have lost feeling in both legs, gave up being a volunteer firefighter/EMT and had to learn how to live life with my disability.
In 2012 I received a phone call that would change my life forever. On the other end of the phone was a representative from NEADS, telling me they had the perfect match for me. I was so happy that I cried and called everybody I knew to tell them the great news. I had to wait 4 weeks to meet my new friend, a chocolate lab named Dodie. I received pictures of her when she was a pup and as an adult. That was the longest 4 weeks of my life.
I packed my bags and headed to NEADS for an adventure of epic proportions. The day came for me to meet my girl. When Dodie's trainer, Jen Banks, brought her in, I filled up with tears. She was the most beautiful animal. My dreams of independence had finally been granted. For the next 2 weeks I learned everything Dodie had been taught.
October 2013 will be the 1 year anniversary of Dodie and I being together. It doesn't seem possible that almost a year has past. Let me tell you what NEADS and Dodie have done for me.
Dodie is the sweetest dog imaginable, she always knows when I am not having a good day. She will snuggle up to me and lets me pat her as long as I need to and she loves to give kisses. If I drop something she will pick it up without being asked. When the phone rings, Dodie will get it and bring it to me. I have a machine that reminds me to take my daily medication and when it goes off she will come and get me. I have worked with her to teach her what a medical alert button is. She is now able to activate it if I need her to. There is nothing that she won't do or try to do. I tell everyone that Dodie is my 60 pound lap dog. She loves to curl up in my lap when I watch television. I can not imagine life without her and I can not remember what life was like before she entered my life.
NEADS is a great group of hard working folks, who are always there when needed. I will never be able to thank them enough. When I went to NEADS, I was very nervous. It was a whole new world to me. The staff members came out to greet me and introduce themselves, that was very special to me. I felt like I belonged there and my disability was something that I could manage, with a little help from my Service Dog. NEADS does a wonderful job making sure we have everything we could ever need.
I am raising funds to pay for my highly trained Service Dog, Dodie. We are half way to our goal of $9,500 and I could use your help. If you would like to make a donation, of any size, I will be forever grateful.
Thank you for reading my story.
Hope you have a wonderful day.
Cyndy and Dodie