I am fundraising for NEADS, This is my story.
A machinist by trade, cabinetmaker by hobby, I served over 15 years as a high school and college level trades instructor, teaching shop skills, until I was no longer able, because of Multiple Sclerosis. Following a necessary retirement from public education, I continued to remotely provide part time manufacture engineering services for an additional 8 years. Then, my MS cognitive deficiencies required me to accept a full retirement mode of life.
8 years ago I was approved for a service dog but opted for a NEADS "flunky" dog instead. The dog's name was Yukon Joe. Even though he did not successfully complete his NEADS training, he still had many commands which he responded to. The most important of these being his command to grab a "Phone", should I fall, and his willingness to "Wait", while I waddled up a flight of stairs (so I can navigate the stairs alone). Joe could "Fetch" dropped items, use his "Paws" to open disability pads at entrance doors, bring his "Leash" and assist to "Dress" into the leader. Joe intuitively "knew" when I was experiencing a "messy" day and always maintained close proximity on those days. My boy, Yukon Joe, died October 27th this past fall.