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From Mongolia to Mobility Dogs with love

From Mongolia to Mobility Dogs with love

“There’s not much in life that can compare to the challenges my Dad had thrown at him, and so we decided to challenge ourselves to see how we cope when crazily difficult situations get thrown at us”. Tim Gould explains why he and his wife Tamara chose to sign up to do...

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Letter from a prisoner

Letter from a prisoner

To Natalie & Corina, I am writing this letter to you to explain how appreciative I am towards you for allowing me the opportunity to be a part of the Mobility Dog training programme. The reasons why I applied for this programme was for a few reasons, one being to...

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Being a puppy raiser can be bittersweet

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?

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

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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Puppy Raiser’s Christmas Party

The end of year celebration for our Puppy Raisers was held at Ngaruawahia on November 17. The wonderful Corinna Cooper organised AND catered this fantastic event for more than 50 of our amazing puppy raisers. Puppy raisers volunteer their time, love and energy to...

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Carol and Walter

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

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

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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