Our Stories

    Being a puppy raiser can be bittersweet

    As a Mobility Dog puppy raiser, I have often heard the remark: "Oh, I could never do that. I would never be able to give the dog back at the end!" It's not quite that simple. These dogs become a part of your routine and a part of your family. They go with you...

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    What happens at camp?

    I was partnered with my new Mobility Dog Hank at the recent camp held in March. I was absolutely thrilled to be partnered with him. It felt like it had been a long wait, and there was definitely a high level of excitement and expectation about getting my dog. The...

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    Zara the black labrador puppy

    Black Labrador Zara is nearly 11 months into her Mobility Dog training, so we asked her puppy raiser Greta, how this incredibly clever future life-changer is getting on. How long will you have Zara for? She came to us when she was about 10 or 11 weeks old from...

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    Carol and Walter

    “Walter gives me a sense of security as well as companionship” The first week Carol and Walter spent together as partners she knew she was meant to take things easy and not overwhelm him too much. By the end of their first week together he’d accompanied Carol to work...

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    Kim and Cooper

    “He’s my little sidekick in everything.” When Kim was 27 she fell over in the bathroom and broke her knee cap badly. After she came out of the cast she found that it was hard to wiggle her toes and her leg had pins and needles. When she went to the GP Kim couldn’t...

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    Stan Dickson and Lochy

    “My best mate Lochy is the best thing that has ever happened to me” Masterton 16-year old Stanley Dickson, who has Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, talks about what it is like having a mobility service dog. It’s easy to see why dogs are often referred to as man’s best...

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    David & Emmett’s Story

    “Emmett is like one of my children, he’s my fourth son. It’s a privilege. I’d probably put up with this… I’d ask for this, just to be a part of his life.” David had owned his retail pharmacy in Parnell for 30 years when one day he got a pneumococcal septicaemic...

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    Gail & Coda’s Story

    “It is amazing how much better you can feel about yourself when you are supported. It is even more wonderful when you are given the gift of independence. And that is exactly what my dog has done for me.” Gail’s journey with Mobility Dogs began in 2007 when she was...

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