Client Success Stories

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My journey begins on November 11th, 2004. While getting ready to either go out on a mission or go to gate one where I was assigned as part of my duties as base security, my life was changed forever by a 107mm Chinese Rocket. I was a Marine serving in Mahmudiyah Iraq when I was hit. I sustained five different injuries from the back part of my right leg getting ripped off, to shrapnel chipping a bone in my lower back, taking the shell casing in my right shoulder, taking more shrapnel in my upper left arm, and in the midst of getting spun around I ripped off the back side of my left hand along with four of my wrist bones and a bone in my hand. I also live with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and a Traumatic Brain Injury (TBI).

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Dakota has changed Scott's life in many ways; they have become inseparable and spend their days together in each other's company. Dakota gives Scott more responsibility, more independence, and a better overall quality of life. After Scott's stroke he nearly lost all of his responsibilities in the household. With Dakota, Scott has a job again, to take care of a dog who adores him and who he loves just as much in return.

Read all about how Dakota brings Scott hope here.
Paul and Tracker
I am reminded daily how God provided the right dog at just the right time. For the past two years, disease had left me medically fragile and homebound. Hourly pain, isolation, as well as the loss of health, friends, school, work, and activities were debilitating. Just as life appeared hard enough, I lost my faithful dog of 14 years. I was weary, ready to quit treatment and give up hope of getting well; then Tracker entered my world. God not only provided Tracker for assistance with practical, daily tasks, but also to bless me in ways I never expected.

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No one is happy to hear that they have a neuro-muscular disease. It can conjure up images of helplessness and hopelessness. My disease, Charcot-Marie-tooth disease is an inherited, progressive disease with no cure, classified as one of the muscular dystrophies. However, I firmly believe that hope can be found, even when the hardest of times brings us to our knees, and we are tempted to give in to discouragement, loneliness and despair. Ernest Hemingway wrote in his great American novel, A Farewell to Arms, "The world breaks everyone, but later, some are stronger at the broken places."

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Clare is Kendall's service dog. Kendall has very limited verbal skills, and no sense of his personal safety. Clare's most important job is to give me peace of mind. When we are in public I no longer have to worry that I will lose Kendall. I shed my first tears with ICAN when I was told Clare would be trained to FIND him.

Read more on Kendall and Clare's incredible story here.

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Tony has such a loving and gentle nature and can't seem to get close enough to the people around him. He is naturally drawn to children and they are drawn to him. He comes to work every day and makes the criminal justice system more bearable for the most vulnerable of people. Children come to my office and are forced to talk about the most unspeakable things. Yet when they leave, they are excited to return, if only to see and play with Tony again. Now the courthouse and the prosecutor's office isn't such a bad place. Not for them and not for the people who work here. Tony has made it a better place all around. We are so lucky to have him. And for that, I could never thank ICAN enough.

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When Krista and Maestro met there was an instant connection. The two of them make a unique pair. These last few months with Maestro have been an adventure, a learning experience, a little trying and really wonderful; all at the same time. We take Maestro everywhere with us; camping, kayaking and the park, to just name a few more exciting places. Wherever Krista goes Maestro is right behind her. He adores her and takes his job as her partner very seriously. If she goes outside for any reason without him, he will wait at the door until she returns.

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Aria has already given me a huge sense of security that I did not have before. I'm glad to say I can stay home by myself now. She can also help me open up doors if we set it up for her and pick up items off of the floor so I don't have to run the risk of falling out of my chair and hurting myself. Along with all that I can troubleshoot with the commands that the trainer gave me to make myself more independent out in public. Aria loves when I show her attention letting her know that she is being good (especially treats). She also can find help for me when I do happen to fall out of my chair or out of bed.

"Most important, Aria and Kevin give unconditional love, support and friendship to each other. Kevin and Aria work everyday to learn new tasks that she can help him with.

-Kevin's Mother, Ruth

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Ally is an amazingly special dog. She knows compassion and caring. She knows how to comfort and hates to hear crying or see sadness. Her soul is kind and loving. She is there when Olivia needs her to calm and cuddle. She helps her to find rest and sleep at night. In just the few short months that Ally has come to live with us, she has opened up a world of possibilities.

''Ally is so great. She is wonderful. She is happiness. She is sweet and beautiful. She is soft and bright and gives me her joy. She is around me if I need her help. She comes to play with me. She is happy to see me when I come in the door and gives me kisses. She crawls up next to me and she loves me.''

-Olivia on Ally

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