New Horizons Service Dogs partners trained dogs with people in Florida experiencing health challenges, mostly wheelchair and mobility assistance. The nonprofit received a Fast-Track Response: COVID-19 grant from Adira to provide emergency financial aid to their clients with Alzheimer’s, ALS, Huntington’s, multiple sclerosis and Parkinson’s for pet needs including food, medications, diagnostics and procedures.

New Horizons shared this story from one client, Jeff, describing his gratitude for service dog, Arby:

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I’m writing to praise Arby for his devoted service. I always wondered what would he do. Today I passed out and fell in my backyard garden. I was killing some time while my power was out during a Generac installation. Arby was inside. I did not think he could hear me, but 10 seconds after I said his name he was there.

Visibly distressed he took a protective posture and then began an attempt to summon help by barking and howling. I told him he was good and quieted him as I assessed my modest injuries. He lay against me and remained ever vigilant. I determined that I could handle this myself and asked him to brace himself to help me rise. I got myself inside. My injuries were minor cuts, scrapes, splinter etc.

Although I was lucky enough not to need more assistance, Arby could have summoned the workmen (he can be loud … ha). I also had my Apple watch to get emergency help. But I was happier knowing that Arby was there. He was truly concerned and a little bit panicked. I really gotta be careful with my orthostatic hypotension (low blood pressure from standing that causes fainting and is a common symptom of Parkinson’s disease). In any event, he is the best. Thank you to New Horizons for my best friend and guardian angel.

— Jeff Ahrens (and Arby)

I passed out and fell in my backyard garden. … I did not think [Arby] could hear me, but 10 seconds after I said his name he was there.

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Jeff and Arby