This is Chancey, my dog. She is nearing 4 years old. I got her at the Humane Society a year after my mom died. She has helped me tremendously. Before I got her I was having a season of deep depression. My mom died, then my grandmother died soon after. I began to lose interest in the things I once held dear. But one thing was always true regardless of my feelings of depression; I had a comfort zone that I had a difficult time breaking. I struggled with things like taking a mere, “walk”, down the street by myself. Going off my street certainly didn’t happen!
Once I got Chancey, I was off and running! Chancey helped me fight through my anxiety to a level that I had never seen. Because of Chancey, I went from fear of rolling up and down my street to rolling all over the downtown area. Chancey has helped bridge a gap I had longed to see.
When trained properly, dogs can be a great source of freedom for people with disabilities. Life sure has changed for the better in my case! Very soon, I’ll even have a new puppy. Chancey and I will be welcoming a Newfoundland. I can’t wait! I’ll talk more about how dogs have played an important role in my life as time progresses.