Real life stories

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    Caleb and Holly's story

    A golden girl called Holly is changing the world of Caleb, an eight year old boy with autism. And teeth brushing is just the beginning.
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    Kaleb and Ganan's story

    Kaleb is a 15 year old young man living with Autism. His family felt they were running out of options to improve their son’s future. Enter Ganan…
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    Rachel and Radar's story

    Since birth, Rachel has lived with cerebral palsy and spastic quadriplegia. An Assistance Dog was always going to make an extraordinary addition to her life. Enter the vivacious Radar…
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    Scott and Rosco's story

    In 2003, a diving accident resulted in Scott, a strong, active man, having to face a very different future than the one he had imagined for himself.
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    Andrew and Benji's story

    For Andrew, having Benji means everything has changed. He helps with Andrew’s anxieties of being out in public.
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    Graham and Greta's story

    Greta is a chocolate Labrador who is rewriting the narrative for Graham Permezel. No longer is he seen as a man with dementia but as a man with a dog, albeit an extremely special one.
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    Berry Street School and Phoebe's story

    Phoebe arrived to Berry Street School in May 2017 and now she is a vital member of this little school community.
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    Rook and Turbo's story

    Life has well and truly changed for seven year old Rook who has Autism. These days, he is showing more confidence.
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    Jarrah and Woody's story

    Six months ago, Woody entered the life of 12 year old Jarrah, a young man with autism, and things just haven’t been the same since. When Jarrah becomes upset about something such as needing to go to the toilet or losing a possession, he goes into meltdo
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    Kalinda School and Echo's story

    Echo the Educational Support Dog spends her days working at school, and evenings and weekends with Principal Belinda Wallace. She is a much-loved part of Kalinda Support School, a school in Griffith, NSW, for children with a wide range of disabilities.
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    Ethan and Bella's story

    Ethan is an affectionate, sensitive and fun-loving little 5 year old boy. However, he can sometimes become anxious, especially with new and busy public environments. When Ethan is anxious or uncertain, he might cry, cover his ears, or freeze on the spot.
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    Karen and Brandy's story

    Brandy is Karen’s second dog from Assistance Dogs Australia. Before Brandy, Gypsy the Assistance Dog lived and worked with Karen for 8 years. Gypsy is now enjoying retirement with Karen’s sister, and is spending her time relaxing at home or playing at
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    Megan and Kelly's story

    In 2014, 23 year old Megan recieved a little bundle of black fur, her future Autism Assistance Dog Kelly.

    As part of a new initiative from Assistance Dogs Australia, Megan was to raise Kelly for the first 12 months of her life, as any volu
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    Christian and Rufus' story

    After attending a PAWS workshop, mum Carolyne was excited about the possibility of getting an Autism Assistance Dog for her son Christian. She hoped an Assistance Dog would be a loyal friend to Christian, that could help keep him safe.

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    Colin and Phoenix's story

    Phoenix is an Autism Assistance Dog, who has recently joined the family in Derby, West Kimberley, to help 9 year old Colin.
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    Justus and Coodanup College

    Justus the Educational Support Dog is a best friend to everyone at Coodanup College.
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    Leah and Lauchie's story

    “The little milestones we reach with Lauchie and Leah are always incredibly moving and elating – they might be not obvious to everyone but those subtle changes mean the world to us”.
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    Rolf and Jiyu's story

    Jiyu, the second ever Assistance Dog for Dementia in Australia. Jiyu the black labrador has been matched with Rolf and Vyrna in Melbourne.
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    Nursery Road School and Wicket's story

    Wicket is a two year old black Labrador who spends his days in Nursery Road State School near Brisbane. With up to 135 students with a wide range of physical and developmental disabilities, Wicket has a big job to do.
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    Rob and Jimmy's story

    Rob says his new Assistance Dog Jimmy is helping him start conversations about PTSD.
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    John and Nina's story

    Nina is the black Labrador supporting and empowering John at home, as he lives with the early stages of Dementia.
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    Will and Stella's story

    “Stella gives me a sense of independence that I have never really had before.”
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    Madison and Dollarmite's story

    Meet Madison; the 18 year old girl who loves dressing up, hairdressing, beauty and her new best friend Dollarmite.
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    Floyd and Burleigh Heads State School

    Floyd the Educational Support Dog is the talk of the town at Burleigh Heads, and has certainly made an impression on the children and staff at Burleigh Heads State School.
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    Lake Illawarra High School and Benson's story

    Benson the Educational Support Dog doesn't help just one person, he helps many, during his days at Lake Illawarra High School Student Support Unit.
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    Stephane and Veo's story

    Stephane is one of the first Assistance Dogs Australia clients to receive a PTSD Service Dog - read his story here.
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    May and Cossie's story

    Cossie, the Jack Russell-Cattle Dog cross, now has a loving home with May.
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    Michael and Fizz's story

    Fizz is the four-legged furry friend who helps Mike with his everyday life.
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    Natasha and Biscuit's story

    Deemed ''Prozac on legs!'', Natasha is so happy to have her Assistance Dog Biscuit because he is her non-judgemental, loving best friend.
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    Daniel and Nellie's story

    NSW teenager Daniel has a new lady in his life, Nellie the golden Labrador.
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    Alexis and Opal's story

    Opal the Assistance Dog brings hope to Alexis.
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    Kathy and Vero's story

    Assistance Dogs Australia’s newest service dog, Vero, has been making paw prints on the hearts of those in the Winston Hills community. But the deepest mark he’s made, in on the heart of his new recipient Kathy Walden.
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    Matthew and Bronte's story

    Assistance Dogs Australia’s Service Dog Bronte has helped Matt of Adelaide reach a new chapter in his life, one filled with freedom and independence.
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    Peter and Phoebe's story

    West Australian Peter Darch’s service dog, Phoebe, has a heart to match her coat of gold, providing him with freedom and more independence.
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    Finn and Laura's story

    When Laura walked into Finn Riley’s world and heart she changed his world forever.
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    Tanya and Kuro's story

    A few months ago, Tanya didn’t believe in love at first sight. But all that changed when she first met her tall, dark and handsome man, Kuro.
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    Abby and Jemima's story

    Eleven year old Abby has the best friend ever - an Assistance Dog named Jemima.
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    Tim and Roxy's story

    You might recognise Tim McCallum from Ricky Martin's team on The Voice, but Tim's number one team mate will always be Roxy - his Assistance Dog and best friend.
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    Nathan and Ruby's story

    She helps him get dressed, she takes him to school, she opens and closes doors, but probably the most wonderful thing that Ruby, Nathan’s Companion Dog provides him with, is independence.

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    Amanda and Tiggy's story

    Assistance Dogs Australia’s Service Dog Tiggy and his recipient Amanda McKenzie from Wagga Wagga definitely got off on the right paw.
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Each Assistance Dog costs over $35,000 to train

This includes everything from purchasing a puppy to food, vaccinations, training and placement. Assistance Dogs are provided free of charge to people in need.

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