It’s been almost 3 years since we welcomed our first Mobility Dog puppy Avery into our lives. It was such an exciting day, yet in some ways also a bit daunting because we knew we had a huge responsibility. Making sure we’d nurture, train and guide this tiny wee pup to eventually transform someone’s life by offering them practical support, companionship and security whilst living their life with a disability.
We decided to apply to be Puppy Raisers after watching the Dog Squat Puppy School program. It was important to us to teach our then 8-year-old son about social responsibility and finding ways to help others with challenges in their lives. Being a Puppy Raiser seemed to be an awesome way of doing this.
Where we thought we were doing this for others, we actually ended up gaining so much out of our involvement ourselves. Seeing this helpless little pup developing into an amazing companion in this new partnership was one of the most rewarding things I think I have ever experienced. The joy she brings to the person she is with, the independence the young lady has gained, and the emotional support Avery offers her is just heartwarming.
I have also gained a whole new community of the most loveliest people. All the other Raisers, Staff and Management – everybody with the same goal and sense of caring for others has enriched our lives in many ways. The support and kindness we all offer each other is something very special to me.
If you think being a puppy raiser sounds like something you would like to do, you can find more about what is involved here.