Shadow came into our lives to support Joseph who is autistic. Joseph can face many challenges and barriers in his day to day life and so far Shadow has shown that he can break down these barriers.
He supports Joseph with his sleeping. We have gone from regular issues settling at night and distressed waking episodes to Joseph sleeping through the night. We are currently working on training Shadow to alert us when Joseph wakes up.
Joseph used to be reliant on his buggy provided by NHS for longer walks and for walking near traffic. On a recent visit to Nottingham Shadow supported Joseph's mobility. Shadow now needs to continue his training to learn how to stay safe near roads to support Joseph's safety.
Joseph is autistic and can get too much information, when this happens he can go into a shut down response. He is very sensory-based and Shadow is able to pick up on subtle signs Joseph is struggling before we, as his parents do. Shadow's training will work in more depth on deep pressure therapy to ensure he can provide therapy, comfort and support when it's most needed. The training company have worked with Joseph in school.
Shadow has already proven how much he is needed in our lives. His training costs over £9000 and so far we have self-funded through selling dog leads, organising events and savings but any donations towards his training will help us immensely to ensure he can qualify as Joseph's assistance dog and continue to support him into the future.
Team Shadow xx