Success Stories

Karen & Service Dog Sasha

April 2014

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...

Jackie & Hearing Dog Chantey

April 2014

I was diagnosed at four and a half with a hearing loss, and it's been the past couple years that my hearing has fluctuated. There's some mornings I wake up and I can't hear anything. She's impacted my life tremendously. I can have a normal alarm clock now, and respond...

Bennett & Service Dog Mercury

April 2014

NEADS has been a part of my life for about 12 years now, because Mercury is my second Service Dog. When I had my first Service Dog, I was living away at college. As time changed, my body got weaker. I knew when I needed a new dog I needed...

Stuart & Service Dog Swanson

April 2014

The medical community should spend 2 weeks at NEADS to see what is involved in healing people.  Healing is more than apparatus.  Healing is more than medicine.  Healing comes when you have a companion that can do those things for you that you wish you could do but couldn't, and...

Sheryl and Service Dog for Therapy Rylie

April 2014

I work as a patient advocate at Boston Medical, and he delivers love and acceptance and caring to patients, family and staff. And many are patients who life has not been kind to, but Rylie doesn't care. His favorite patient is a terminally-ill patient who lost a sister to the...

Suzanne & Service Dog for the Ministry Maestro

April 2014

I'm an ordained minister, called to ministry on the margins, is what I felt for so long. I ended up being invited into the healing paws program at Boston Medical Center ‑‑ encountering every time I go on campus the suffering that goes under the radar, and it is an...

Scott & Service Dog for the Ministry Lazer

April 2014

To this point I've had Lazer and been working with him for about 5 weeks only, but he's already made a huge impact.  My very first trip to the local nursing home I was visiting a resident who has Lou Gehrig's disease, a very serious illness.  I've been visiting her...

Lucas & Social Dog Rory

November 2013

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...

Rayanie & Social Dog Chief

November 2013

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

November 2013

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...

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