Deb & Hearing Dog Rusty

"I am very emotional because my whole life is changed completely for the better. With Rusty, I come to realize how much I miss out because I didn't grow up in a hearing world. And I feel really blessed to have him listening for me. He alerts me to a lot of sounds  and he's kept me safe. On the second day we were together, the fire alarm went off. We didn't even have a chance to train for that specific sound, but he knew something was wrong. He got me out of the store, and I'm really grateful because I feel safer at night. I can sleep again and I want to thank everyone who has been helping me from the start. It's just been six months since I found NEADS, and I'm really grateful for the support and independence more than I ever thought I could have. Thank you."

(June, 2010)