Thursday 14 November 2019

Canine companions drop in to Pavilions

The good people at My Canine Companion Autism Services dropped in for a visit at the Pavilions Shopping Centre in Swords recently.

A Pavilions spokesperson said of the visit: 'We were absolutely thrilled to welcome the beautiful litter visiting Swords Pavilions for the first walking trip in a shopping centre.

'These perfect little bundles of fluff will grow into beautiful service dogs and will be matched with a family whose lives will be forever changed with their arrival.'

My Canine Companion is a national charity founded 2011 by Cliona O'Rourke.

The charity's main purpose is to provide highly trained and skilled service dogs to people with disabilities, particularly those with autism.

My Canine Companion trains dogs to assist children and young adults living with Autism.

The charity is committed to helping children with autism and their families gain independence, companionship and safety through the provision of highly trained and skilled Service Dogs.

As a small organisation, My Canine Companion provides an outstanding, customised and individualised service which meets needs of each individual client.

Its service dogs are fully trained to the highest standard over a two year training programme. My Canine Companion are candidates towards ADEu membership, Service Dog costs the charity just over €10,000 to train.

The period of training covers the two years from birth right through to graduation as a service dog.

Service Dogs make dramatic differences' in the quality of life for children with Autism and their families. Not only do our dogs assist them physically, but these special dogs also become the child's best and in some cases, only, friend.

The Pavilions were delighted to host the service and look forward to seeing them again.

Fingal Independent