Gary BoydMeet Gary Boyd Read more...
In 2014 Gary attended team training at the South East Region Training Facility in Orlando, Florida. There he was paired with Sorley, a black Lab Golden Retriever Cross. Sorley helps Gary by carrying things for him when he is using his crutches and retrieving things that are out of reach or that have fallen on the floor. These actions help him put less stress on his leg so that he can maintain good health into the future. Sorley even helps water a newly planted tree by pulling out the hose for him!
Sorley helps Gary water
When asked, Gary says the best thing about Canine Companions for Independence is the team spirit and support the staff provides. You feel like "you are a part of Canine Companions and they are a part of you". Now he takes great satisfaction in being able to offer support to others seeking information about his battle with cancer, his leg amputation and our great dogs. When out in public Sorley provides the social bridge that enables those discussions.
The Boyd family with Jenny
Gary works as a Project Leader for Fidelity Investments in West Lake. In his spare time he enjoys golf, travel and coaching basketball. For the past seven years he has coached 5th and 6th grade girls' basketball for his church, First Baptist of Carrollton.
Gary grew up in Plano but now lives in Corinth with his wife of 14 years, Sherry. She works for the City of Flower Mound Police Department and has volunteered to work on the planning committee for our upcoming Howl-O-Ween Yappy Hour. Sorley's Puppy Raiser was Jenny Becker; Sherry and Gary feel like she is their "adopted daughter". Finally, Sorley has a four legged brother named Dreiden. He is a German Shepard that Sherry and Gary rescued 2 years ago.
Please join us in thanking Gary and Sherry Boyd for their contributions to Canine Companions for Independence and the Lone Star Chapter!