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Dog Friend #1305

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Name Birth/Adoption Day Breed
Sydney 03/13 Golden Retriever
Becky Blitch writes:

Sydney is my service dog and best friend. I have a form of muscular dystrophy, and I was on the waiting list at Canine Assistants, Inc. in Alpharetta, GA for three years. But the wait was worth it!

Sydney and I are perfectly matched. She's small, extremely calm, and very loving. She knows 83 commands to help me out around the house and in public. But the most important thing Sydney does -- in addition to giving me unconditional love and protection -- is breaking the ice with strangers. Before I had Syd, people very rarely made eye contact with me, and I was constantly overhearing mothers telling their children to stop staring. But now people see Sydney before they see my wheelchair, and we get tons of big smiles, we create a dialogue with children who might otherwise grow up not understanding that people with disabilities are normal people, and we make lots of new friends.

For the first time in my life I can go out in public without feeling ashamed and constantly reminded that I'm different, all because of Sydney and her beautiful, gentle spirit.

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