Melissa & Service Dog Clipper
Dreams do come true. Life is complete with Clipper. He's given me the happiness I've never known. And he has really made my dreams come true. --Melissa
Joseph & Social Dog Rave
[Rave] gave me my independence. -- Joseph
Brett & Service Dog Sunny
23 years in the service, and I was med vac'd from Iraq in 2009, in a major helicopter accident, had ten surgeries on my neck, which is fused, and along with TBI, and PTSD and other physical problems. And I spent three months at the Walter Reed Medical Center, and now I'm medically retired. Receiving Sunny from NEADS has made my day brighter, my mobility, tasks and my days easier. I don't know if I didn't have Sunny how I would get through the day living.
Ryan & Service dog Noonan
I don't know where to start. I just have to thank the NEADS staff just for everything. Noonan has just changed my life.
Karen & Service Dog Sasha
The last six months has been a blessing. When I received Sasha I was trying to go back to work full time with a spinal cord injury, and Sasha has quickly adapted to life at UConn. She thinks she is a student. She enjoys picking up the numerous things I drop, opening doors, pushing buttons, and unwinding with the students at the end of the day. Overall she's given me the chance to live independently thousands of miles away from family.
Lucas & Social Dog Rory
Rory is the first thing Lucas thinks about in the morning, and her name is the last thing he says when he goes to sleep. To say that she is an anchor in his life is probably an understatement. She's both an emotional and physical anchor in his life. It's been an emotional journey for all of us in the family. It means we can go to places that we hadn't before. And she provides a sense of constancy and consistency in our lives every day. Whether we need to run errands and take her with us, or whether we talk about her on our way to and from school, or anywhere we go, it's her name that he says very often every day. -- Lucas' mom Kristina
Rayanie & Social Dog Chief
My name is Rayanie, and Chief is my best friend, and I wouldn't trade him for anything. -- Rayanie, age 7
Nicole & Service Dog Murray
I think my most favorite moment is when I first came home with Murray. My daughter, who was nine at the time, for the last two years has been helping me take off my shoes and take off my socks and put them on, and pick things up off the floor, and hence, never able to be a regular child. The first night I brought Murray home I dropped something on the floor and she came and I looked in her eyes and I told her I was okay. And she had this big smile on her face because she said to me "I can go play? I can go play a game and I don't have to worry?" I told her, no, I was fine. That was my first special moment that made me realize how special NEADS was. And every day as my disease progresses I also realize the wonderful things that they teach these dogs, and I still have my independence and my dignity thanks to what NEADS has offered. -- Nicole
Nicole & Service Dog Watson
I go to Providence College, and being on my own is -- it was very difficult. Watson takes things that used to get me so frustrated and makes them fun. I drop something, it's like his play, he gets to just have so much fun with it, and I don't get frustrated anymore because I know he'll be right there to help me. He just, he knows exactly what I need and where I'm at, and he loves to help, which is the best feeling in the world to know that someone is there for you and wants to be there for you. I am so lucky and thankful to NEADS. This year would have been a lot different, harder without him.
Jennifer & Service Dog Justice
The biggest thing that I think she does for me is, I never used to go out by myself, because I felt kind of weird. People would look at me and then would look away. I think they're uncomfortable looking at someone in a scooter, or they don't want to stare, or they think, there but for the grace of God go I, that could be me. Instead of people looking away, everywhere I go with Justice, everyone smiles at me, and people come and talk to me and it's really nice to have that connection with people.