Graduation ceremony honors life-changing partnerships created in 2013
Eight new service dog partnerships were celebrated amidst smiles, hugs and happy tears on Sunday, Jan. 12 at Summit’s annual graduation ceremony. Tails wagged and grateful humans told how their dogs had already changed their lives.
“I have seen instant, tangible, documented changes in Christopher’s behavior since Campbell came into our lives,” said Christine Wells, mother of 8-year-old Christopher, who was paired with Golden Retriever Campbell.
Christopher suffered a severe brain hemorrhage while still in his mother’s womb. His premature birth left him unable to walk, talk or feed himself, and his vision is almost non-existent. Christopher is cognitively aware, which results in great frustration at not being able to communicate, often causing him to bang his head on the wall until he bruises.
“We went through months and months of therapy and saw no change until we got Campbell,” she said. “She has changed my son’s life in a very positive, happy, healthy way. His head banging has decreased dramatically. Whatever connection I couldn’t give him, Campbell has.”
Christine was the graduate speaker, selected to represent the eight graduate teams honored at the ceremony. Also recognized were the foster families who either raised puppies or took in shelter dogs for early training, the inmates in Summit’s training partnership at the Monroe Prison, and the Summit trainers who did advanced training to prepare the dogs for their new lives with Summit clients.
Have you considered making a legacy gift to Summit through a bequest in your will? Your resolution to do so in 2014 will ensure that life-changing partnerships will continue to be created long into the future. The process is simple. Contact your attorney or Summit for more details.