Cynthia Lambert & Dodie

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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