August 19, 2010
Eleven years ago, Dogs for the Deaf graciously matched me with a certified hearing dog, my first, when I was 52 years old and had been severely hearing-impaired all my life. Although educated with a master's degree and having taught deaf and hard-of-hearing children for many years, living life independently and well (I thought), my angel dog Harley has changed my life to the point of giving me independence and quality of life I never dreamed existed. After spending all my time listening for sounds, Harley took over the work of listening so that I can spend time in thought, or reading for pleasure, or relaxing in nonthought or nonaction. I am able to relax, be more effective in my life, be a better teacher, and a happier person as a result of Harley's help both when there is a sound and when there isn't. Dogs for the Deaf's staff is gifted in the work of training, matching, and placing. No one except a recipient, close friend, or family member can fully appreciate the value of a hearing dog that is well-trained and well-matched. My husband of 40 years wishes we had always had a hearing dog because his life is so much easier and my life is considerably better with the dog than it was without. Dogs for the Deaf, I will never have enough right words to thank you for the difference you and Harley have made in our lives.
I've personally experienced the results of this organization in...
my daily life with a certified hearing dog for eleven years.
How frequently have you been involved with the organization?
About every month
When was your last experience with this nonprofit?
MY ROLE:Client Served & Received a hearing dog from Dogs for the Deaf, Inc., Central Point, Oregon.