Shane, a service dog

The Bedford Journal has a story about a six-year-old boy, Nicholas, and his service dog, Shane.  Thanks to  the Manchester Fire Fighters who raised the money to get Shane and the Make-A-wish Foundation, Nicholas now has a seizure alert dog and a new friend.

“But when Nicholas was diagnosed in 2008 with Batten disease, a neurological degenerative disorder that causes vision loss, seizures and is considered terminal, his parents didn’t think the addition of a furry friend would be possible.

That is, until they discovered 4 Paws for Ability. The Ohio-based nonprofit agency places service dogs with people who have disabilities.

After months of preparations, Nicholas and his new best friend, a Pyrenees border collie named Shane, were introduced.”

Although Shane came from an organization that trains service dogs, the American Disability Act does not require that service dogs be professionally trained.

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