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Natalia II

by Lorraine
(Florida)

Natalia watching Father Charlies after being blessed

Natalia watching Father Charlies after being blessed

After the death of my husband, I decided to train a canine for the disabled, as my husband wanted to but died before he could do it, so I did it to honor him. I decided I could do it after many years of training and competing with my Sheltie, Shannon.

What an experience not just for me but for all the three hundred people I worked with! It was challenging, as a handful did not want her there. But we moved forward and her friends that embraced her were there to support us.

I cannot begin to even describe how quickly she picked up on what she needed to know. Her training went smoothly; she attended all the functions, training, graduations, meetings, etc. Everything. She was loved from the very beginning.

She was with us for thirteen months and I will be forever grateful for the experience of meeting her.

Turning her in broke all our hearts, but it was well worth it. She simply brought joy, education, and laughter to all. She delivered the mail every morning, opened the doors for the disabled that worked in our office, and visited everyone every day.

I was recently remembering her as a puppy; walking with me down the hall, she would grab a Christmas ornament off someone's desk! She has been gone from me for several years, but has never been forgotten and certainly will hold a place in my heart forever.


Lorraine, what a story to warm the heart! In my opinion, you did a very generous thing, not only by honoring your husband's wish but also thoroughly preparing Natalia II to be of service to someone in need and then giving her up. In addition, you gave her a chance to work, something not given to enough dogs as far as I'm concerned.

I was just wondering about a couple of things - did you ever find out with whom Natalia II was placed? Did you go through an organization such as Canine Companions for Independence?

Thank you again for taking the time to write and include the beautiful photo.

Jo

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The gift continues
by: Jo

How wonderful that Patch III is continuing the wonderful legacy - thanks for letting us know and please feel free to send us a photo of this special dog!

NATAlia II's legacy continues
by: Anonymous

I wrote 2 years ago and mentioned that we have Natalia's grandson, Patch III. I just wanted to let you know that Natalia's legacy continues as Patch graduates in a few days as a SERVICE DOG.

Ans so it is worth repeating:

"Canine Companions is a gift that keeps on giving long after we are gone. Lorraine should be proud of her work and what she did for her husband and for others unknown, but appreciative."
and I add, that the list is getting longer!

Mary Segall
CCI Puppy Raiser SW Region
Patch III S.D. 2016
Cotton Med Release 2014
Rumba S.D 2013

Canine Companions for Independence
by: Mary segall

From what I can tell, Natalia II became a CCI breeder, which is an honor, She is the grandmother of my now Pup In Program, Patch III and she gave birth to a very special breeder named Ross, who is Patch's Dad.

Canine Companions is a gift that keeps on giving long after we are gone. Lorraine should be proud of her work and what she did for her husband and for others, unknown, but appreciative.

Mary Segall
CCI Puppy Raiser SW Region
Patch III P.I.P 2015
Cotton C.O.C 2014
Rumba S.D 2013


Mary, thank you for letting us (and Lorraine) know about Natalia II's legacy. Also bless you for your work with Canine Companions for Independence - we think everyone who does this type of selfless work is special!


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