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judges 2011

Nickell III

Entry Category Service Dogs
Charity Partner Canine Companions for Independence (CCI)
Location Kathleen, Florida


My son Dawson has an invisible disability. He is ten years old and has chronic Arthritis and an immune disease. There are days he can't get out of bed. We were very recently approved by Canine for Companions to receive a skilled companion dog. Nickel has already made a very significant change in my son. He used to not want to go outside because it hurt, now he wants to go and play with his new friend. He has a smile and laughs belly laughs, as he runs and throws the soccer ball with his Newfoundland buddy. Also, he has weekly infusions of a blood product that gives him antibodies a week at a time. Nickel snuggles with him for the entire two and a half hours of his infusion. Also, he has extreme scar tissue in his veins not allowing for easy blood draws, most times it's difficult if not impossible to get blood labs collected. Nickel sits right with him as a support system and never leaves his side, tail wagging and "smiling" by his friend until he is finished.

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