July 2019 eNewsJuly 10, 2019
Mia has had a Canine Companions assistance dog by her side for over 22 years. Born with osteogenesis imperfecta, sometimes known as brittle bone disease, her bones fracture more easily and her mobility is affected. For some, this might mean a restrictive and limited lifestyle, but Canine Companions assistance dogs have helped mitigate the symptoms of Mia’s disability.
Mia received her first dog, Skilled Companion Steven when she was 11 years old. Steven retrieved anything she dropped and reduced Mia’s reliance on her parents, increasing her independence and confidence. When Mia was matched with her second dog, she benefitted from the expert training and skills of Service Dog Arianne or “Ari.” Ari helped Mia by pulling her manual wheelchair and carrying items. With Ari’s help, Mia went on to compete in wheelchair track and field, fencing and CrossFit events, all while pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees.
After Ari’s passing, Mia received Service Dog Vizzini to further the legacy of the expertly-trained service dogs that have enhanced Mia’s independence.
Through the years, Mia’s life and independence has been enhanced by having a Canine Companions assistance dog by her side. While each dog is unique, they have all been professionally trained in over 40 commands to perform specific tasks to support and provide greater independence.
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