Not Just Another Accessory
When Emily Cikra got the call inviting her to Canine Companions to receive her new assistance dog, her initial reaction wasn’t one of joy. “I worried that having a service dog would be another ‘accessory’ to add to my arsenal of things that make me stand out,” she explains. “I already have a wheelchair, trach with occasional ventilator and sometimes a brace on my hand."
But Emily’s service dog, Dash II, has done the exact opposite of what she feared. “He has not added to my ‘disability accessories,’ he has actually detracted from them!” states Emily. “Canine Companions has given me the best gift I have ever received. Dash has exceeded my expectations in furthering my independence.”
Read more about Emily Cikra and other Canine Companions graduates.