CAROL & SHEPHERD

Early in 2016 my husband and I lost our most beloved dog to cancer. He was a beautiful border collie named Ernie and he was the love of our lives. As anyone who has had to say goodbye to a cherished pet will know, we were heartbroken and bereft. After moping around the house for a few months we decided to take our sad selves off to Mexico for a change of scenery. There, we met a couple from Calgary who told us all about the puppies they raised for this amazing charity called PADS!

I came home from that trip on a mission, feeling renewed and purposeful. I knew I wasn’t ready for another forever fur-baby, and maybe never would be. But I felt I could take on raising a puppy for this wonderful organization that contributes to the lives of physically disabled people in a way that is profound and lifechanging. I would be helping that cause in a way that was truly meaningful AND I would get my fix of puppy kisses and cuddles.

I received PADS Puppy-in-Training Shepherd in August and together we began a journey filled with love and joy and laughter and so much learning for both of us. Shep is now 13 months old and is a big, boisterous, beautiful boy! We still have a long way to go before our time together will end, and when it does, I know I will be crying tons of tears once again. But this time, it won’t be tears of sorrow at the end of a life. Instead, Shep’s life as a service dog will be just beginning and I will have had the privilege of being part of his success. I can’t think of a better reason to shed a tear!

Help Us Change Lives!

All PADS assistance dogs are provided to clients at no cost. Behind each and every success story is a donor who makes this possible.

Tell us your PADS story

We are still accepting stories for our 30 Stories for 30 Years series. Whether you have volunteered, received a dog as a client or adopter, given of your time, money or heart… you are part of the PADS story!  Tell us how being involved with PADS has impacted you.
Simple Share Buttons
Simple Share Buttons