December 2017 eNewsDecember 6, 2017
Abey has a very rare condition that causes her to have low muscle tone, cognitive delays and sensory issues. She cannot communicate verbally, but has assistance dog Toby to help her. “These incredible dogs become a part of your family so fast,” says Toni, Abey’s mom. “He’s an amazing dog. The time, love and energy it took to train him really shows. He’s very special and so attentive to Abey’s needs. Sometimes, even before I can tell, he knows if something is bothering her.”
By gripping onto Toby’s specially-designed harness, scooping up his dinner and brushing him, Abey is able to work on her strength, fine and gross motor skills, and sensory issues. “Toby really loves to help Abey take off her socks. It makes her giggle and laugh,” says Toni. “Even though Abey isn’t verbal, she and Toby just understand each other — they’ve really bonded and are so connected.”
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