The #Convaid #R82 care community knows Sarah Best for her tireless work on Facebook, Twitter and other social media. We have some great news to report about this 20-something Convaid user since childhood, who has built a thriving life as a communicator, adaptive climber and special needs awareness advocate. Sarah, who lives with Cerebral Palsy assisted by her constant companion service dog Edison. She and Edison have been nominated for the 2017 American Humane Hero Dog Awards, celebrating their unique partnership.
NEADS (National Education for Assistance Dog Services, also known as Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans), is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was established in 1976 and is based in Princeton, Mass. Their service dogs become an extension of their handlers and bring freedom, physical autonomy and relief from social isolation to their human partners who are deaf or live with a disability. Accredited by Assistance Dogs International, the internationally recognized governing body that establishes industry standards and practices, NEADS offers a wide spectrum of Assistance Dog services.
Members of the R82 Convaid care community and their friends may vote once in each category each day, provided that they are U.S. residents and are at least 18 years of age. Only one email vote per person will be counted and this round of voting will determine the top three dogs in each category.
The link reach Sarah’s voting page is: http://herodogawards.org/dog/edison/
Sarah writes, “I am so grateful to NEADS for placing me with such an amazing helper and companion! Having him by my side is such a comforting feeling. We go everywhere together. We often go to NYC which requires a cab to the train station, a train ride, a bus and then some walking. Edison does it all with ease and never complains! Makes me tired just thinking about it! After only 6 months of our partnership, it is hard to remember what my life was like before getting him. His incredible training helps me more than words can say. The simple act of dropping a pen in the middle of Grand Central sends me into a tizzy thinking about having to ask for help and possibly making a big scene. Now with Edison by my side I don’t even think that way. A simple command sends us on our way in less than 30 seconds. Not only is he a assistance dog but he is an incredible companion and friend! No words ever fully describe the warmth he brings to my heart every time our eyes connect!”