February 2018 eNewsFebruary 14, 2018
On a rainy day in 1995, Tammie was carpooling to work with neighbors when their vehicle hydroplaned and flipped multiple times. "I remember waking up sideways in the passenger seat, but I couldn’t move to get out of the car," recalls Tammie. "After the accident, I wanted to be independent again more than anything, so I took charge to learn some new skills and applied for a service dog."
As excited as Tammie was to get a service dog to help her at home and out in public, she was terrified of being away from her house and without her specialized equipment and caregivers. "But from the time I rolled onto Canine Companions’ campus, I immediately felt at ease," says Tammie.
She was matched with her first service dog, Robby. "We learned to work together as a team to maximize my independence. He was the perfect match for me," says Tammie. "I came away from Team Training with more self-confidence than any other experience in my life. With my service dog by my side, I am self-assured when out in public or without my caregivers."
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