Tyler’s Journey

Tyler’s Journey

Tyler has lived with a brain tumor since he was seven years old. Though his condition has presented challenges throughout his life, being connected to ADAI has provided Tyler with companionship, confidence, and independence.

Tyler began his journey with ADAI in 1998. Since becoming connected to the organization, he has had two assistance dogs and received Brady, his first therapy dog, in spring 2016.

To Tyler, the dog he welcomes in his home is more than an assistance dog helping him with mobility skills, the dog becomes family. With an ADAI dog by his side, Tyler's self-esteem skyrockets. Feeding and playing with the dog gives him joy and teaches him responsibility. Having an assistance dog not only enhances his physical wellbeing, but also his outlook on life. Tyler shares, "I am invisible without a dog."

Brady is a two-year-old English Cream Golden Retriever and is the newest member of Tyler's ADAI family. During their week-long team training session, Tyler and Brady sparked a quick connection. By the end of the week, Brady was able to perfectly understand Tyler's command voice and followed his directions. Brady is very happy in his forever home, and we wish them many happy years of working together.