In four years, these pups will be fully trained service dogs - working to mitigate the disability of a military combat veteran with PTSD or an adult who is deaf, hard of hearing, or has a mobility disability. With your help and contribution to the Doggy Dash, Fidos will be able to supply adequate resources for these puppies, preparing them to perform specially trained tasks that help their future human partner.
Your help in action:
We recently interviewed Fidos service dog client Trisha about her service dog, Buddy. We were amazed at her story and all she had gone through. Read this part of her story to find out all the ways that Buddy has become her heroic helper.

“I have a progressive disease called Mitochondrial disease. This disease affects the muscles and energy, and, in my case, one of the systems it affects is my GI system, so I’ve had a central line for eight-plus years. One of the downsides of having a central line is getting blood infections.

One of the worst blood infections I had was in 2019. I was in the hospital for two weeks. I had to have multiple painful procedures done, heavy IV antibiotics, and couldn’t move. Even though my service dog Buddy couldn’t stay with me, he came to visit, and when he did, it was the best thing ever. When he laid on me and did pressure therapy on my whole body, it helped me decrease the incredible pain I was in.

Despite being in and out of consciousness, I knew he was there. While my recovery was slow, Buddy was by my side every step of the way until I was back to normal. Since then, Buddy has always been by my side despite a couple of infections.

Some of the tasks he does include fetching items I drop, doing laundry, opening doors, applying pressure therapy to my legs and whole body, helping me undress, and giving me the confidence to interact with others. I can conserve my energy to do so many things. Like go to college, hang out with friends, volunteer, and use my abilities to help make future miracles happen. My quality of life has improved so much, and I know that whatever happens in the future, Buddy will be right by my side!”
-Trisha
Buddy and Trisha at Northern Virginia Community College
Buddy and Trisha at Northern Virginia Community College
Buddy and Trisha at the beach during class
Buddy and Trisha at the beach during class
Buddy and Trisha at the hospital
Buddy and Trisha at the hospital

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