Megan and Wixey

Megan and Wixey

Diagnosed at birth with Ataxia, Megan struggled with balance issues and fine motor skills. Megan's mother wrote in to ADAI, sharing how a service dog would improve her daily life. She wrote, "Megan currently has difficulty with stepping up curbs and opening doors-things a service dog could help with. I also believe a dog could help Megan with her social skills by involving her in conversations where she has something fun and of such great interest to talk about."

Megan received Wixey in the summer of 2010. Wixey is a two-year-old brown labradoodle. As an animal lover, Megan jumped right in to caring for Wixey.

Fast forward to fall of 2016, Megan was sitting in her college English class when she was inspired to write an essay about how Wixey has impacted her life. Megan writes, "Since getting Wixey, I have become a lot more independent. I do not have to hold someone's hand or be next to someone all of the time. At school I no longer have to use a walker. A warm loving dog is in so many ways a lot better than a cold piece of metal! In fact, it feels completely normal to have Wixey walking right next to me and I don't give a second thought to heading out the door every morning with her. Wixey also helps me talk to other people, something I've always struggled with. Often people will ask about Wixey, giving me an opportunity to strike up a conversation with just about any dog lover. Even when I am on my own, I am never truly alone as Wixey is always by my side comforting me. She always puts a smile on my face and can make even the roughest days a his It brighter!"