ICAN helped me "man up." What I thought a man was, was a twisted and tainted view from years of criminal mind set and alcohol and drug addiction which in turn fueled my in and out of lock up lifestyle since a youth. Being physically, emotionally, and mentally abused as a youngster confused me and distorted my ability to love and be loved correctly. In the process I lacked in the area of communication and expression to others and myself. These behaviors went from the home to the streets. Thus began years of pain and disregard for many people including myself.
Hello, my name is Dustin. The way I see it, everything happens for one purpose or another. When I was a child I wanted to be a lawyer or a doctor when I grew up. I never thought that a dog would change my life so drastically that I would want to make a career out of training dogs for service. A dog did change my life, his name is Ogie.
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.
I really didn't know much about ICAN when I applied for a service dog. A friend of mine suggested this organization after she attended a fundraiser. We were put on the wait list and received a call in 2014 saying they might have a dog that would be a good match: Miss Clare.
"To be able to put a furry little friend's well being, growth and happiness before your own - Oh, how it's worth it - for such dedication is the door to our own happiness.'' - R. Simmons