What better way to start our new blog than to introduce you to Sammy the Autism Assistance Dog (AAD) and his owner, Savannah.
Autism Assistance Dogs are for Autistic people what Guide Dogs are for blind people; their constant companion, protector, guide, friend – you name it. Just like Guide Dogs, the law entitles AADs to go everywhere with their owner, including supermarkets, airplanes, taxis, trains and of course private cars.
After an intensive period of training by the folks at Smart Pups on the Sunshine Coast, Sammy joined Savannah and her family just over a week ago. An excerpt from his new “mums” FB wall says it all:
“Day 4 – went very well, we learnt to track with Sammy, on the farm and out in the park at xxxxx. What talent my new blonde male in my life has. Very very fast as well, I most certainly got a work out and if you know me you know I hate running. But it was a really fantastic day – a lot of positives. Sammy is starting to search for Savannah on his own now, he is rarely too far from her side, when she gets up and runs away he watches her like a hawk. Last day of training today, more tracking and going over all the things we are not fantastic with and than we are on our own :}. Every day is getting so much easier.”
Our family has been friends with Savannah’s family for many years, so we will keep you up to date on this fantastic story as time goes by. Sammy cost well over $20,000 just to train, which Savannah’s hard working mum & dad raised with the great help of a number of organisations, fundraisers & sheer persistence. Just follow our blog and you can follow Savannah & Sammy’s beautiful story with us 🙂