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A Dog Guide Cinderella Story:

Beach resident united with her new best friend

A Dog Guide Cinderella Story

"I secretly wanted her from the beginning," a comment made by Caroline Cook, sixteen year old Toronto Beach resident and 2006 graduate of the Hearing Ear Dog Guide program. It was love at first sight when Cook locked eyes with Swiss, an Australian Shepard cross, at the Dog Guide facility in Oakville.

Hard of hearing since birth, Cook had been looking for a way to be more confident and independent when she is on her own. She found her new companion in September of 2006 in Oakville where she trained with Swiss; a medium-sized dog with a lot of energy, intelligence and spirit.

The Foster Puppy Program usually breeds Labrador Retrievers, Standard and Miniature Poodles and Border Terriers as Dog Guides because of their proven skills, and consistent, ideal temperaments. However, Swiss was the exception.

"She's really obedient. She's cute and cuddly and she's also really active which fits well with my lifestyle," Cook expressed, "It was a lot of hard work, but now I don't have to wait for the microwave timer. I can be more independent." Cook is finally able to feel comfortable in her own home. Peace of mind at last.

Since 1988, the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides has provided Dog Guides to Canadians who are deaf or hard of hearing. These Dog Guides alert their handlers to everyday sounds in the home like someone calling their name, a baby's cry, a kettle boiling, a smoke alarm sounding or a telephone ringing. Hearing Ear Dog Guides are taught to distinguish sounds, make physical contact with their handlers and lead them to the sound. Clients spend two weeks at the Oakville school training with their new Dog Guide.

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