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Marie and Cam
  • Marie and Cam
    Marie and Cam

    Marie and Cam

    What a huge difference Cam has made in my life since we met 6 years ago. Freedom would have to be top of my list, as he is with me all the time and I don’t feel as vulnerable being out and about or traveling around the country. We can go through the bush on walks and I feel safe with him around me in secluded areas.

    Cam has given me so much more than all the ‘tasks’ he has been trained to do. He is the reason to get out of bed every day, to get out of the house plus the focus now goes on him, not so much on what is going on with me mentally and physically.

    The thing I notice most is I am able to cope with a hell of a lot more with him beside me. Although he is very much a male and quite staunch, he has never complained about going shopping in the lingerie shops or looking for household goods, in fact I think he rather likes it.  

    Cam has given me more than I feel I could ever give him plus he gives so much joy to so many when we are out and about. To me this is so special as I know how that has helped me and I'm glad others can get the same joy I feel every day. 

  • Leigh and Ice
    Leigh and Ice

    Leigh and Ice

    On the 15th March 2014 Ice and I celebrated our two year partnership – well, I celebrated. For Ice, it was just another day of helping and hanging with me! Ice is my constant companion. I call him my silent supporter because Ice is so willing to assist me and he rarely barks. Ice won’t even bark on command – he makes a really quiet “grrriiifff.” I am glad he doesn’t bark loudly as he would startle me! Ice is also my silent supporter because he is always so eager to help. Ice even comes to investigate when I exclaim, “Oh, bugger!” (This is not on MADT’s command list – maybe it should be!) Ice tries to help others too! When my carers drop an item from the washing, or a peg, Ice instantly retrieves the item without my command. Ice also notices other people who have an impairment and I can see him thinking, “Oh, here’s someone else I can help. How can I help you?”

    Since having Ice my public life has changed for the better. Strangers used to avoid interacting with me. Those same strangers now want to know all about Ice – they are curious to know what he is – they often mistake Ice for a Guide Dog (but I put that right pronto!) They want to know what he does to assist me – so I rattle off a large number of tasks – and when they have had their fill they leave us to continue our journey. Ice is an ice-breaker, and a life-changer – I am so grateful to MADT for partnering Ice with me.

  • Tina and Ezra
    Tina and Ezra

    Tina and Ezra

    Ezra has been living with me for a month now. At first, as someone who had never owned a dog before, he seemed about the size of an elephant and I couldn’t imagine how we would form a relationship.

    My worrying was for nothing. He has quickly become a close and loving companion and has made a huge and meaningful difference to my life. He helps me out in so many ways; I no longer have to wait for someone to come along to pick things up off of the floor for me if I drop something, he pushes lift buttons, opens and closes doors and, probably his most wonderful gift, has brought much peace of mind to my husband because he will get the phone for me should I fall over and be unable to get help.

    I understand the Joyce Fisher Charitable Trust provided funding to Mobility Dogs for Ezra, and for that I am personally very grateful.

    It’s hard to imagine how I managed before Ezra came along and I hope Mobility Dogs will be able to help many more people with disabilities in the future.

    I fell over in my bathroom at home while my husband was at work. I knew I was unable to get up from the floor, so I told Ezra to get the phone.

    He brought me, in this order: his favourite cuddly toy, the Sky TV remote, the TV remote, my purse and then my phone!

    I was then able to phone some friends and ask them to come and pick me up. I knew the front door was locked so I warned my friends that there would be barking, and it might take a while, but that I would get Ezra to open the door and let them in. I thought it might be tricky because I couldn’t see the door, or Ezra, from where I was but there was no problem; Ezra got it on the second try!

    I spent the evening trickling tears of gratitude; it meant an incredible amount to me that he would willingly help me so much. We LOVE Ezra!! And the training you guys do is fabulous – thank you!

  • Bridget and Goldie
    Bridget and Goldie

    Bridget and Goldie

     

    Bridget and Goldie

    Goldie is my mobility dog He is a golden retriever lab cross. I have had him since March 15th2010 when Natalie the trainer bought him all the way to the Wairarapa from Auckland.

    We had two weeks of intensive training together and then Goldie and I were on our own with lots of support via the internet from Natalie.

    He has turned into a fantastic helper and a really good friend. Goldie makes my life much easier and with his help I can do much more for myself and have more independence. Life would be much harder without him.

    Having Goldie around to pick up things I drop, open and shut doors, help with my shoes and jackets and lots of other everyday tasks really improves my daily life. I have started teaching him extra tasks that help me. He now anticipates some of my needs without a command from me and that is wonderful.

    I have lived in a rural location with my family, Goldie loved it, especially all the outdoor life. One year later I moved out of home and transitioned into independent living. He has become even more of important since then.

    I go home to the farm at weekends and Goldie’s favourite treat is to go to the nearby river for a swim! Even when we are having fun he constantly checks on me to make sure I don’t need his help.

    I now have my own small business and Goldie’s support is invaluable while I am working. He is so good at assisting with picking up things I drop and other tasks.

    Goldie and I have a very busy social time when we go to our local town for shopping. The local people are always keen to stop and have a chat and ask about his progress.

     

    I wish to thank all those in the mobility Dog Trust for making this possible. Also the CJB Norwood Crippled Children Trust The Cerebral Palsy Society for their financial assistance.

  • Michelle and Leah
    Michelle and Leah

    Michelle and Leah

    On September 20th 2013 my first Mobility Dog, Amber, finally retired after 7 years of service. One month later, Leah, a 2 ½ year old golden retriever came bounding into my life and the bond was instant! Leah is adorable and gives her love and attention freely. Her work ethic is amazing and she is always close at hand, ready to attend to my beck and call. There was never any question that I would not put myself forward for a second Mobility Dog – the independence, confidence and companionship that they give cannot be underestimated.

    While always independent, Amber’s skill base suited my needs up until a year or so before she retired. Too old to add new skills, we looked to my new Mobility Dog to meet those needs, and Leah has not disappointed. I laugh to see her jump to attention when she hears the printer whirring in the study – she knows she will be asked to retrieve the printed items and does so with tail wagging. I am in awe that she opens and shuts the door from the house to the garage, saving me time and energy – no longer do I need to struggle, especially when I have lots of things to carry. She anticipates much of what I do, and since the second week of living with me she fetches my dressing gown, closes the shower door, picks up the bathmat and stands patiently to get her eyes cleaned, every morning without fail. 99% of the time, I do not need to ask!

    I am forever in awe of my Mobility Dog and the changes to my life both my girls have brought to my life over the past 7 ½ years. I could not imagine life without a Mobility Dog beside me.

  • Jake and Louis
    Jake and Louis

    Jake and Louis

    From Jake's Mum, Michelle 

    December 2012 our life changed forever. We had our first vist from Natalie and the lovely Louis. For Jake being a child he had no idea what everyone did for him on a daily basis and how Louis could change his life. Louis has been with us for 14 months now and he has proved not only to be Jake loyal companion and best friend but his rock, never leaving his side. On his sickest days laying next to him comforting him.If he senses danger he positions himself between Jake and the danger. The changes to Jakes life have been immense, we have watched him change from a quiet shy boy who always needed someone with him to a confident young man who has found his voice and independence. With his most trusted and loyal friend by his side theres nothing they will not do or try together.

     

    Louis and Me - by Jake

    I must be the luckiest boy in the world as everyday I get to hang out with my best friend who takes awesome care of me. He is big and furry and has feet the size of saucers and loves giving me the biggest kisses and his name is Louis. Louis comes to school me everyday and even though sometime we think he is sleeping on the job if I need a hand he jumps up from beside my desk to help me if I call him. Sometimes you have to watch out for his tail cause when he is helping it goes flat tack when he is helping because he gets so excited. Without Louis I wouldn't be able to go to school by myself every morning as I wouldn't be able to open all the gates and close them. Whenever I'm not feeling very well, or just chill in watching the wrestling on TV Louis lays next to me making sure I'm ok and gets anything I need. This year Louis and I did the school and weetbix triathlon together and we marched in the ANZAC parade together. I was really proud of us.

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Marie and Cam

What a huge difference Cam has made in my life since we met 6 years ago. Freedom would have to be top of my list, as he is with me all the time and I don’t feel as vulnerable being out and about or traveling around the country. We can go through the bush on walks and I feel safe with him around me in secluded areas.

Cam has given me so much more than all the ‘tasks’ he has been trained to do. He is the reason to get out of bed every day, to get out of the house plus the focus now goes on him, not so much on what is going on with me mentally and physically.

The thing I notice most is I am able to cope with a hell of a lot more with him beside me. Although he is very much a male and quite staunch, he has never complained about going shopping in the lingerie shops or looking for household goods, in fact I think he rather likes it.  

Cam has given me more than I feel I could ever give him plus he gives so much joy to so many when we are out and about. To me this is so special as I know how that has helped me and I'm glad others can get the same joy I feel every day. 

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