Former Ambassador Dog, Jock discovered a new career as a Companion Dog for a young lady named Maeve. Following a visit to the vets, it was discovered that a medical condition that forced his removal from the Guide Dog program, had worsened, requiring further surgery.
Jock underwent surgery on both elbows and it was recommended that he was removed from the Ambassador Dog program. This would enable him to fully recover and not put any undue stress on his joints in the future.
Because of his beautiful, gentle nature, he was placed with Maeve, a teenager, who has lived with disability her whole life. She has a number of disabilities, including Autism and arthritis and has benefited massively, by having Jock’s calming presence in the home.
Maeve’s mum Heather explains: “Because of her disabilities, Maeve has a very slow walking pace. Now, with Jock in the house, she has been able to walk a dog for the first time ever – because his slow walking pace is the same as hers. He’s so well-trained, too, that when she stops, he stops immediately so there’s no risk of him pulling her over. He’s such a gentle soul, and Maeve just adores him.”
Heather and her family Puppy Raised Jock’s half-brother, Koha who has been placed as an Autism Assistance Dog.
Heather says: “the two look very similar, and I think this has helped with the transition for Maeve, now that Koha is out and working in the community.”
Maeve’s mum Heather is a Guide Dogs WA staff member and Puppy Raiser, who has extensive knowledge of Jock’s condition and ongoing, lifelong treatment needs. This is a fabulous outcome for both Jock and Maeve!
But what has this meant for the Ambassador Dog program? We’ve been joined by three lovely ladies, of course…