In Their Words

Finding Purpose through NEADS

by Sage, Former NEADS Prison PUP Handler You would have had to have known the person I was before prison to fully grasp the impact the NEADS program has had…

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Changing Lives from Maine – Why I’m a NEADS Puppy Raiser

by Sue Walsh, NEADS Maine Puppy Raiser since 2009 Everyone has their story of how or why they became a NEADS Puppy Raiser; mine started nearly 15 years ago. I…

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Meeting Service Dog Chester and Mike

By Sue Walsh, NEADS Maine Puppy Raiser since 2009 I always knew that Chester would graduate, although NEADS Trainer Dave was always honest about the high standards NEADS had, and…

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Everything I Need, and More

By NEADS client Tammie DeCroteau I was diagnosed with MS nearly 25 years ago, just months after the birth of my twin girls. I can remember the day I experienced…

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Celine and Service Dog Raylan

We heard from Celine Stahl at the January annual meeting and are sharing her remarks here. Celine spoke from the heart when she described her journey with Service Dog Raylan.…

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Service Dogs of the Game 2022

NEADS was well-represented at Fenway Park this past summer. As part of the Boston Red Sox Service Dog of the Game program, which NEADS has supported since 2019, several NEADS…

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Creating Smiles: Christine and Assistance Dog Jonesy

Christine never stops smiling when she talks about her partner, Assistance Dog for the Classroom Jonesy. Which is fitting, as she says “he creates smiles.” Christine is an elementary school…

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Celebrating our Spring 2022 Graduates, Part 2

We are planning our next live graduation April 2023, at which time we will celebrate three classes, including our Spring 2022 graduates. In the meantime, we very much want to…

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Changing a Life: Patrick and Service Dog Knight

It’s been a year now since Patrick met Service Dog Knight. Patrick still works as a specialist at an Apple Store. He still lives in his North Shore condo. His…

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Celebrating our Spring 2022 Graduates, Part 1

We are planning our next live graduation April 2023, at which time we will celebrate three classes, including our Spring 2022 graduates. In the meantime, we very much want to…

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Jared and Trauma Assistance Dog Jeter

NEADS asked U.S. Marine Corps veteran Jared Wimberly to explain how Trauma Assistance Dog (TAD) Jeter works with him to calm and ground him. TAD Dogs learn specialized task work…

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The Best Things in Life…

Nathan was matched with Service Dog for a Child Zepplin in 2021. His mother, Leah, shared this update at the Fall 2021 graduation:  The best things is life are complicated…

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Grace and Blue –Then and Now

Grace was matched with Blue, a NEADS Service Dog for Autism, in 2017. We recently caught up with Grace and her parents, Corwin and Renee, and were so inspired by…

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Hospitalization and Recovery during a Pandemic

The pandemic has been difficult for all our TAD* veterans, but one client in particular, Rebecca, found herself in an extremely tough situation. A few months prior to the pandemic, she had to make the hard decision to have her second leg amputated. She had only had her Service Dog, Sully, for about 4 months at that time and was clearly worried about what to do with him while in the hospital…

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Sarah + Edison #15

Puppy cuteness, traveling by car, “say hello”… Learn about this and more in Sarah’s chronicle of life with Edison. For daily updates, follow them on Instagram, @edison_365_sd.

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