My name is Shelley. I’m sixty years old and live in Dallas County. Singing in the church choir, volunteering, and spending time with my family are my favorite things. Unfortunately, my health has inhibited me from experiencing the parts of life that are most important to me.
In 2014, I experienced a stroke that left me with numbness and severe balance issues. I have diabetes induced neuropathy and PTSD induced anxiety attacks which lead me to avoid large public places. I also harbor a fear of being alone when experiencing an attack. Before Piper, my current Topaz Assistance Dog, I couldn’t walk or climb stairs without help; I had difficulty picking up items from the floor; I couldn’t do the laundry and I was in constant pain due to neuropathy. I became a hermit and ached for the things I was once able to do - I stopped living. Piper gave me the courage to live.
There are no words I can use to describe how significantly Piper changed my life. In addition to helping me with mobility needs, she has given me the confidence to go for walks, visit my Granddaughter, join the church choir again, and do the laundry without toppling in head first!
We are in great need of a successor. Piper has served me well in her assisting career and it’s her time to kick back, relax, and soak up all the petting she can handle.