News Section 2014 07 19
Assistance dog helps Red Bluff woman maintain her independence. Red Bluff Daily News. RED BLUFF Shawna Roberson has a new full-time aide, and she comes with four paws, a wagging tail and lots of fur. Flicka is more than a pet. She is the second highly skilled assistance dog that Shawna has received free of charge from Canine Companions for Independence, a non-profit organization that enhances the lives of people with disabilities by providing highly trained assistance dogs and ongoing support free of charge. Shawna has several disabilities, and Flicka will help her maintain her independence by performing everyday tasks. The pair graduated together after completing an intense, residential, two-week Team Training course at Canine Companions’ Northwest Regional Training Center in Santa Rosa. During Team Training, students are strategically matched with assistance dogs and learn how to work with them safely and effectively. The dogs are trained for two years prior in as many as 40 commands before they are ready to become someone’s full-time helper. Thanks to Canine Companions’ generous supporters, the dogs, their training and ongoing follow-up support are provided free of charge. According to “Flicka will help me so much,” Shawna said. “I’ll have more independence in my life. Canine Companions is the largest non-profit provider of assistance dogs for people with disabilities other than blindness, with five regional training centers across the country. For more information, call 1-800-572-BARK or visit cci.org..