Service Dogs, Inc. of Austin, Texas

Dana and SD Jazz

I feel like a new person after partnering with Jazz. I don’t feel helpless and afraid of going out in public by myself or being at home alone because I know she is there for me.  She is my partner and I adore and love her very much. I know that I can always count on her and that is worth more than all the gold in the world. With Jazz, I can get back to being mom, granny, and wife and not someone my family has to take care of.

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A service dog from Service Dogs, Inc. is more than just a dog. He/she becomes a partner, a friend, a companion to assist in everyday duties – to make life more bearable. When you sponsor a dog you are sponsoring a whole new world for both partners.

People tend to be much more accepting of my limitations since Grace entered the picture. She commands a lot of attention when we are in public. My family is not treating me like an invalid as much now.

Avalon’s changed my life in a month. I didn’t pick her. she picked me. My life changed with a companion that provides unwavering love, support, guidance and help with tasks throughout the day.

I love having my hearing dog. My Mocha makes me, again, secure and loved. I don’t know what life will be like without her. . She is my “ears.” When I went to Paris, life was miserable without Mocha and I realized how much I missed from not having her by my side.

They not only help throughout the application process, matching day, and week of training, but they do weekly home trainings and check in with you whenever you need it. Some of the trainers have become some of my very close friends. They don’t just care about their dogs, but about their humans too – they want to make sure both members of the Service Dog team are happy and healthy.

I am glad to say that I am now cancer free. Chief and I completed Treatment February 5, 2015. Upon our last treatment we received a Certificate of Achievement and a Daffodil as a symbol of hope. The cool thing is Chief got one, too; and the certificate had his name on it also.

My confidence has increased exponentially. I now feel like Jax and I can “leap tall buildings in a single bound”. I definitely feel having Jax to assist me and having him to take care of has improved my emotional well-being.

Without your kindness and donation, I would have been unable to complete such intense training and to have obtained such a companion. Be assured she will have the best of care and provide me with many years of support. Ember has already increased my joy and determination not to let this disease (Parkinsons) control my life.

The staff at Service Dog, Inc. is amazing! They not only made sure the dogs were comfortable, but they did an amazing job of making sure I was comfortable. They gave so many tips on how to handle situations that could occur, that when they do/did happen, you already had the knowledge and skills to react to them. They definitely care about the Team, not just the dog!