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Multipurpose Assistance Dog Stories

Jaxon & Hiroshi

    In 2022, 4 Paws placed over 100 life-changing service dogs, all specifically trained to provide life-saving tasks for so many unique disabilities. Hiroshi, a 2022 Graduate of the Slate Class, was specifically trained for Jaxon. Living with Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy, Jaxon had lost his independence,… Read More »Jaxon & Hiroshi

    Amelia & Twist

      The reason to get involved with 4 Paws for Ability can vary from person to person, whether as a client, a donor, or in Heather and Todd’s case, to find a distraction for their daughter, Amelia. “She had an injury and surgery that resulted in… Read More »Amelia & Twist

      Lincoln & Kix

        For a service dog, life is about one major goal; serving a task for someone in need. For Kix, a two-year-old golden retriever/labrador retriever mix, her task is to be a best friend. Life for Lincoln had its challenges, dealing with ADHD, OCD, social skills,… Read More »Lincoln & Kix

        Tyler and Logan

          It’s been two and a half years since Tyler met his 4 Paws Service Dog, Logan; a unique partnership at a unique time in life. “Before our service dog we were having a very hard time parsing out if our son was having a medical… Read More »Tyler and Logan

          Landon and Sylvester

            “Last week, Landon went into the hospital for his second brain surgery. Sylvester was AMAZING at the hospital and never left Landon’s bed during pre-op. Normally Landon starts to get nervous and jump around the room, but with Sylvester there, Landon was calm and never… Read More »Landon and Sylvester

            Sniffles and David

            David and Sniffles

              David is seven years old and has Autism and Dravet Syndrome. His family applied for a service dog in March 2020 so they could have some peace of mind and relief when it came to seizure alerting and detection. Since David was getting older and… Read More »David and Sniffles

              Blake and Barnett

                “When we first got the idea for a service dog it was simply for mine and Jon’s benefit. Honestly. I specifically was absolutely exhausted. I had a level of trauma from watching Blake seize at night and being scared to miss one. At one of… Read More »Blake and Barnett

                Bella & Zodiac

                  As featured in the 4 Paws for Ability 2018 Annual Report Bella Menard has suffered from seizures since she was just six months old and was diagnosed with Epilepsy and Autism at the age of six. Her seizures became so significant that Bella could no… Read More »Bella & Zodiac

                  Grace & Junco

                    As featured in the 4 Paws for Ability 2020 Annual Report The 4 Paws community is a family. One of the clearest examples of this support and loyalty is the “returning client”—families whose beloved 4 Paws service dog has retired or passed away, so they… Read More »Grace & Junco