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
I discovered ICAN by observing their dogs in action at the Community North Rehabilitation Center while visiting my father. I watched in awe as the dogs assisted my father and patients with physical therapy and emotional support. Little did I know how ICAN and their dogs would take me on a journey of support, personal growth and new friendships.