Deb’s New Companion

Deb’s New Companion

If anyone understands the value and importance of having a service dog, it's Debbie. In the fall of 2007, Debbie received her first service dog, Scarlett. Debbie shares, "When I first received Scarlet, I thought she would assist me in some daily tasks. Little did I know how much Scarlet would become integrated into my being and daily life. For me, a service dog means I do not have to hire skilled care, and people who do not know me feel comfortable approaching me because of my dog."

As Scarlet was nearing retirement, Debbie applied for a successor dog in the early fall of 2015. Debbie wrote in to ADAI, stating, "Scarlet is my best friend currently and I would expect the next dog to also be. She reduces my anxiety out in public, and allows me to run my fingers through her fur when I need to calm down."

In the spring of 2016, a dog came along that ADAI felt was perfect for Debbie. Her name was Ellen, and she is a two-year-old black Labrador retriever. Debbie received Ellen in April 2016 at ADAI's Spring Graduation. Debbie and Ellen hit if off immediately. Even though there were some big shoes to fill, Ellen is having a lot of success with helping Debbie around the house, transferring into bed, riding the bus with her every day, and accompanying her to work full-time. Debbie and Ellen's bond continues to grow each day.