Chuck & Bowser
In 2002, a terrible car crash changed Chuck’s life forever. He suffered a traumatic brain injury that forced him to relearn how to talk and walk, and has been diagnosed with PTSD and depression. Today, Chuck can walk, but his mobility remains limited due to balance issues caused by his brain injury.
In 2017, Chuck’s daughters, Leigh Ann and Emily, encouraged their father to apply for a Freedom Service Dog, and upon being accepted, he was placed on our waitlist for a skilled companion dog. This spring, Chuck was matched with a handsome, playful, and cuddle-loving golden retriever named Bowser, who will assist Chuck with brace and balance, retrieving dropped objects, and providing companionship and a sense of purpose. According to Allison Peltier, the FSD trainer who worked with Chuck and Bowser during their two-week placement class, “It was evident that they were perfect for each other from the moment they met, and that bond only strengthened as the class progressed. Bowser learned how to work around Chuck’s walking sticks and move at his pace, and he also taught Chuck how to recognize the moments when belly rubs were required.”