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Emily and Sundance

Emily and Sundance

“Emily was a twelve year old avid dancer, who dreamed of being a ballerina, when she suddenly began to feel dizzy and was losing consciousness without warning. She was told by her doctor that she would have to stop doing the things she loved – that even going to school or being with friends could often be too physically taxing for her. Now eighteen, she came to CPL determined to have a dog alert her to her cardiac episodes – to help reduce her physical exertion so that she could do more and live life more fully. By reducing Emily’s physical exertion and alerting to the events, the severity of the cardiac episodes has been reduced and Sundance has given Emily her life back. The possibilities are endless for this wonderful team.”

I have finished my senior year (a month before everyone else… I started the year 6 credits behind), something I wouldn’t have been able to if it wasn’t for this amazingly wonderful and smart Sundance. We have moved to California now and are having an amazing time! Sundance loves the beach and can’t wait to see what each day will bring! There’s so much more to do here for her and for me and my family! I can now go for long walks because Sunny helps me with balance and also lets me know when I need to sit/slow down. I’m seriously so thankful for her, and the way we met is amazing, My Mom and I got a call from Canine Partners for Life on a Friday I think asking us to come to the facility, they had some dogs they wanted to see if one would be a good match for me. So it’s Tuesday and we get into the Training Barn and there are 3 dogs sitting there with their trainers. One was a big black labrador, the other 2 were yellow labradors. I remember walking with the black lab first, his name was Dale, the trainer told me to say his name then say heal and step out with my left foot first then walk from one end of the barn to and turn to come back. So I said “Dale Heel”.. well, we started walking and halfway through he ended up sniffing one of the poles and it took a little bit but i got him to leave it haha. The next dog walked with was…….. Sundance! So, I said “Sundance, Heel” and from that moment (and a little before then) her eyes were locked on me the whole time.

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