This past month, our good friend, Thorr, went home to Sitka, Alaska to do his job. He is working with his owner/handler, Eric, who has cerebral palsy.
Thorr helps Eric with his day to day tasks like bracing and balance and ADHD.
Read what Eric has to say about Thorr:
Alaska Dog Works has my full support and unmeasurable thanks for Thorr my new service dog! I have C. P. With lots of balance and mobility issues along with extreme ADHD. I lost my service dog of 10 years (pico) over a year ago and was crushed! I was again crushed and disapointed in the system and other “service dog training” companies in Alaska and outside Alaska as I either recived no response or indifference until I recived a return call from Micele Forto of Alaska Dog Works! She listened to my story, my needs and situation then went the extra mile and helped me along with an Alaska state agency (The Division of Vocational Rehabilitation) to do something that has never been done anywhere!!!! We worked together and wrote up a plan for funding and why this kind of help is sorely needed!
This plan was presented to the state and approved! Alaska Dog Works helped to break new ground to help people with disabilities recieve help in obtaining top of the line service dogs! I flew from Sitka, AK to Anchorage on April 25th 2014 and then with the help of friends traveled to Alaska Dog Works in Willow, AK to pick up THORR.
Michele Forto worked with me and THORR throughout the weekend in Willow and Wassilla. THORR is 11 months old and with everything (including me) being brand new took to every thing perfectly his training, demeanor etc. is unbelivable! On April 29th I flew Back to Sitka on Alaska Airlines (THORR with me, not in a crate under the plane) but with me through the busy terminal, security checkpoint and onto the airplane where he laid at my feet the whole 4hr trip. even being invited into the cockpit for a picture with the pilot with not one problem at all (PERFECT!) Since returning home THORR has adapted to my chaotic lifestyle without a hitch and has done his job perfectly and is at my side or at my feet 24/7 (helping me up when needed and saving me from some falls and new bruises a few times.) I could not be happier or more satified with the great job Alaska Dog Works did with the training of my service dog and the ongoing help, support and friendship I have recieved!
ANYONE LOOKING FOR DOG TRAINING SHOULD LOOK TO ALASKA DOG WORKS FIRST! Feel free to look at the pictures on my FB page or contact me for a recomendation or questions.
ERIC L SKOUSEN & THORR
May 7th, 2014