A Puppy for Peter

“A friend is always loyal,” Proverbs 17:17

For Peter, a Jill’s House guest, this kind of loyal friendship has been found in the furry, energetic form of a chocolate lab named Emma.

“We always wanted to have a dog for him,” said Peter’s mother, Mrs. Chua, “but the costs of having a service dog are so expensive.”

Enter Richard, a volunteer of 2 years who often brings his service dog, Guinness to spend time with the kids while they play at Jill’s House. One night as Mrs. Chua was dropping Peter off at Jill’s House for his school weeknight stay, she ran into Guinness and Richard. Richard told her about Peter’s love for Guinness, and Mrs. Chua expressed her dreams of getting a dog for him.

As she shared their inability to cover the full cost of a therapy dog, Richard had an idea. Since Peter didn’t need all the skills and abilities of a service dog, he suggested getting a puppy themselves and having a trainer to teach the dog certain skills that would meet Peter’s needs.

A few months later, Peter welcomed home a new best friend. Since Peter has a difficult time pronouncing words and often uses a communication device to talk, they chose a name for her which flowed naturally and with ease, Emma. When asked how the new addition was settling in, Peter’s mother responded,

“Having Emma in our lives has definitely changed our family dynamic. It takes a lot of work to raise a puppy, but Emma has brought our family joy.

Emma has responded well to Peter, surprisingly not giving him the normal puppy nips and growls the rest of the family experiences, and Peter has fallen in love with Emma, getting licks and kisses every day as he comes home from school.

“Our hopes and dreams are for Emma to help him,” said Mrs. Chua. “With the right training, she will be able to calm him down when he’s frustrated, prevent him from wandering out of the house, and provide him with a loving friend.”

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A Puppy for Peter

“A friend is always loyal,” Proverbs 17:17

For Peter, a Jill’s House guest, this kind of loyal friendship has been found in the furry, energetic form of a chocolate lab named Emma.

“We always wanted to have a dog for him,” said Peter’s mother, Mrs. Chua, “but the costs of having a service dog are so expensive.”

Enter Richard, a volunteer of 2 years who often brings his service dog, Guinness to spend time with the kids while they play at Jill’s House. One night as Mrs. Chua was dropping Peter off at Jill’s House for his school weeknight stay, she ran into Guinness and Richard. Richard told her about Peter’s love for Guinness, and Mrs. Chua expressed her dreams of getting a dog for him.

As she shared their inability to cover the full cost of a therapy dog, Richard had an idea. Since Peter didn’t need all the skills and abilities of a service dog, he suggested getting a puppy themselves and having a trainer to teach the dog certain skills that would meet Peter’s needs.

A few months later, Peter welcomed home a new best friend. Since Peter has a difficult time pronouncing words and often uses a communication device to talk, they chose a name for her which flowed naturally and with ease, Emma. When asked how the new addition was settling in, Peter’s mother responded,

“Having Emma in our lives has definitely changed our family dynamic. It takes a lot of work to raise a puppy, but Emma has brought our family joy.

Emma has responded well to Peter, surprisingly not giving him the normal puppy nips and growls the rest of the family experiences, and Peter has fallen in love with Emma, getting licks and kisses every day as he comes home from school.

“Our hopes and dreams are for Emma to help him,” said Mrs. Chua. “With the right training, she will be able to calm him down when he’s frustrated, prevent him from wandering out of the house, and provide him with a loving friend.”

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