Valerie and Spring
When Valerie Reed was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis in 2000, she wasn’t sure where to turn, but she knew when she found Assistance Dogs for Achieving Independence, she discovered what she was searching for.
Valerie uncovers how her dog Spring impacts her life, “She assists me getting out of bed and my chair, getting dressed, retrieving items, and picking up pieces I dropped. My dog provides independence and a sense of happiness and life to my home.”
Valerie recounts, “I was able to work full-time until a major attack led to permanent disability.
I was married for 27 years and multiple sclerosis was a part of that life for the last 17 years. My husband took care of me without complaint until he passed away unexpectedly due to a major heart attack.” After losing her husband, the comfort of an assistance dog was needed more than ever.
Valerie’s close-knit family jumped right into helping to care for Spring. She explains, “I have a large extended family living within two miles that assists in the care of the dog.”
Simply put, Spring delivered an essential spark in Valerie’s life. She reveals, “I can provide a loving home for Spring. She fills a big missing part in my life and offers personality back to my home that has been lost. The dog makes her feel as though Tim is in the home and can care and assist with whatever Valerie needs the most.