Everyone needs a helping hand from time to time. There are those of us that need it a bit more often due to a disability or injury. Many of the things that most people take for granted, such as opening a drawer or picking something up off the ground, is an incredible challenge for some of us. For a few it is an insurmountable challenge that prevents them from living their lives independently. That is where Canine Guardians come in. They train ordinary canines to become extraordinary service dogs that allow people to regain their lives, freedoms and independence. These animals are highly trained to meet the individualized needs of their companion. They can be trained to perform a myriad of tasks that a person might be unable to perform due to their injury or illness. They can also be trained to help in ways that a human couldn’t, such as helping to sense when a diabetic’s blood sugar is out of balance before it becomes a medical emergency. They can also be trained to provide companionship and comfort to those dealing with emotional and physical wounds, such as a soldier returning from battle. They can even help young children who are struggling with reading by providing a non-threatening companion for the child to relate to and read to.
Canine Guardians Creator and Executive Director Rochelle Heskett wants to help meet this critical need in the North Bay Region but she needs the help of the community in reaching her goal to provide a service dog to every person that needs it. Time and resources are needed and you can help by providing one or both of those to Canine Guardians in their efforts to assist those most in need. Visit their website to learn more about their programs and how you can participate in helping them, also look to attend one of their upcoming events.
2300 Arthur St, Napa, CA 94559