Mobility Collies: Andy's Story

Hi, Ms. Leslie –

Collie Andy is trained by Kings Valley Collies in Corvallis, Oregon, for assistance with partner Devin in a city setting.Collie Andy is trained by Kings Valley Collies in Corvallis, Oregon, for assistance with partner Devin wherever she is, even on rest breaks.I thought I would drop in to provide you an update on Andy.

I know it has been a while since I last contacted you, but Andy and I are doing great. So much has changed since we last spoke. I almost do not know where to start.

I am no longer working at my old job; I quit in March. That is a good thing. I took several months off from work last year due to my health. It was beginning to be too much for Andy and I to make the 2-hour trip into work. I have a new job working for the Department of Veterans Affairs, still helping other disabled veterans. Andy and I are much closer to home about 30 minutes sometime 45 with traffic.

Jose got a job too with the same company and should be joining Andy and I by next month. The good thing about this job is Andy’s space and the facility was set up for him before we arrived. That allowed Andy to work properly right from the start.

There is no problem telling him to “Get up” and he does right away. He is even starting to learn my cue that if I push up my chair, I am going to leave and he gets up on his own.

Collie Andy is trained by Kings Valley Collies in Corvallis, Oregon, for assistance with partner Devin. Andy is trained to lie quietly when his services are not required.I have learned to relax a lot, which also helped Andy relax. He gets breaks throughout the day when I take him to get rubs from people I know he likes – after I tell them it is ok for them to say hi, and he still gets plenty of “Good jobs” from me!

Andy is enjoying work much more. In the morning, I tell him to come and he runs down the steps ready to go.

- Devin



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