Skip is part of Australia’s first assistance dog program to help people living with dementia and their families. He recently graduated from the program at a ceremony for assistance dogs in Sydney.
Well here we are 6 months on from when Bailey our beautiful Chocolate Labrador arrived on our doorstep . We can not imagine life without him, he fits into our family like a glove & adds so much joy to our days.
Even our very mature little dog Ricky (in his 17th year) welcomed him & they have become such good friends…
After a few weeks settling into our new routine , daily walks have become our regular exercise.
Beach & park runs free of jacket & lead are really special times, to see him & Jerry playing so freely is just amazing. He is such a pleasure to take to the beach , his interaction with other dogs is just so lovely, always the gentleman !
Bailey has been welcomed wherever we go & has been the topic of many a conversation if Jerry is sat waiting whilst I pop into to order our coffee or to quickly pick up a few things in the supermarket.
In recent times Jerry would never have sat outside waiting for me , lets alone have a conversation with someone he didn’t know. Bailey has provided a much needed anchor & with that confidence to interact with people , making the D4D program so worth while.
Another aspect which is so invaluable , whilst we have faced some challenging times in the last few months , the comfort Bailey provides has been so welcomed by us both . He senses when Jerry needs him at his feet or I just need to give him a cuddle & a pat.
We certainly are very privileged to have Bailey as part of our family !
Thank you !!!!!
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