My name is Chris Smith. I have Parkinson’s Disease. It manifests with me, not as trembling extremities, but with walking and balance issues - especially the freezing of my feet as I walk through doorways or narrow spaces. Juniper has been my service dog since March 13, 2023 when we were put together as a team to learn how to work together. Her first night at home with me was March 16. Juniper immediately provided emotional support for me as well as physical support by simply being the well-trained and loving dog she is.
She retrieves things I have dropped, opens doors and tugs me in my transfer chair from office to kitchen and back, so Jone (my wife and wonderful caregiver), doesn't need to make as many trips to bring me things. Juniper is a life saver, literally. I say this emphatically because she keeps me from potentially falling many times during the day. Falling is the biggest risk I have with my Parkinson’s. Serious head injury or death from a fall is the biggest risk I have. We are learning together to train her to tap my thigh when my feet freeze which in turn helps me 'reset' (train) my brain and get my feet unstuck! She is so smart and really wants to work to help me. Canine Partners of the Rockies is responsible for Juniper’s and my excellent training and follow up. Juniper is 2-1/2 years old and was raised and trained by Canine Partners of the Rockies to provide mobility support and companionship to people like me. They provided Juniper to me at no cost.
I am asking each of you to dig deep and help me show my gratitude by donating to this 501c3 organization. I know how significantly Juniper is affecting my quality of life and we need to help them fund more life savers like Juniper. The donation process is fast, easy, and secure. Thanks so much for your support... and please don't forget to send this link to any friends you think might be interested in donating!
All donations raised through client fundraising go toward Canine Partners of the Rockies operating costs involving breeding, raising, training, and matching assistance dogs. The contributions will not be applied for client’s benefit or for a specific dog, and thus, are not refundable. Please note – Donations to Canine Partners of the Rockies are tax deductible.