"Having an assistance dog is life-changing and you can’t put a dollar value on the special bond between Hannah and Chase."
Assistance dog Chase has changed the lives of one of our teenage clients’ Hannah and her family, allowing Hannah to undertake simple tasks most people take for granted and providing her with companionship and support.
Six years into being matched, Hannah calls Chase her best friend and is always at her side, attending many hospital appointments and stays over the years to help her cope with the stress of those situations. He also helps her through any respiratory distress, acting as a calm and relaxed presence. At home, as Hannah has low muscle strength, she often drops objects like pencils or books and can’t retrieve them herself. Chase knows to pick them up for her. Having Chase has also encouraged Hannah outside to go walking as he trots alongside her.
“Having an assistance dog is life-changing and you can’t put a dollar value on the special bond between Hannah and Chase. It’s made a real difference to the whole family and coping with the challenges that come with Hannah’s condition” - Hannah’s mum Donna.