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Girl finds her confidence

9/6/2012

“We feel that life can be challenging enough for families with children who have special needs, so we like to help out when we can” said Invisible Fence pet management consultant Tracy Trumble. “Across Ontario we have partnerships with Austism Dog Services.”


Ellen Davidson has a new best friend.


The eight-year-old special needs girl is gaining confidence and independence thanks to her new dog, Sadie.

Ellen's mom, Jennifer, said since she was a baby Ellen had problems with her balance, then eventually her speech and social interaction.

Over the years, her parents Jennifer and Drew have tried to find ways to help her live more comfortably. Recently, they found out that having a trained dog is one way to help improve the girl's quality of life.

The two-year-old golden retriever, which they acquired through Autism Dog Services, has become both a pet and a new best friend to Ellen and Jennifer has already seen changes in the young girl.

“We did a lot of research into organizations. Ellen doesn't have Autism but she does have special needs and they provide dogs to children with special needs.”

In February of last year, the family had an interview with Wade Beattie, executive director and founder of Autism Services Canada, and they were put on a waiting list shortly after that. The dog became part of their family this past June.

“She makes Ellen so happy,” said Jennifer.

Ellen likes to talk to Sadie and read books to her, which is helping the girl develop her speech skills.

She is also learning when Sadie needs to be fed and when she needs to be let outside, which her mother says is helping Ellen build confidence.

When they take the dog for walks, Ellen helps out by getting Sadie's vest on. Eventually Ellen will be able to walk her on her own.

“Sadie is a social magnet,” said Jennifer. “It's helping to bridge the social gap.”

One of the reasons the family decided to choose Autism Dog Services is because they are a charity.

“They tell you right up front that you do not have to pay for the dog, but that they are a charity. They also tell you the cost of raising and training the dogs until that point is approximately $18,000,” said Jennifer. “So they encourage people to do some fundraising, which we did.”

The family held some fundraisers throughout the area to help give back to the charity, including collecting donations from friends and family and holding a silent auction from with donations from local businesses.

One major donation they received was from Invisible Fence, who agreed to install an “endless barrier” invisible fence at the Davidson's Wallbridge home so Sadie can spend time outside without a leash.

“We feel that life can be challenging enough for families with children who have special needs, so we like to help out when we can” said Invisible Fence pet management consultant Tracy Trumble. “Across Ontario we have partnerships with Austism Dog Services.”

The approximate value of the fence is $1,700.

When Ellen headed back to Foxboro Public School this fall, she took Sadie with her.

“The school has been fantastic. They are really dedicated to creating a 'no barrier' environment for special needs students.”

Source:  Trentonian.ca

 

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