Colorado Springs girl gets new service dog

Posted By elaine on May 4, 2011

servicedogThe 12-year old daughter of an Army soldier is being given the gift of a service dog this weekend.

Cameron Biebuyck was diagnosed with Spinal Bifida at birth and is in a wheelchair. Now she will be given a “Canine Assistants” service dog.  

caninecompThe dogs are trained to assist children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs in a variety of ways.  The tasks the dogs perform include turning lights on and off, opening and closing doors, pulling wheelchairs, retrieving dropped objects, summoning help, and providing secure companionship.

 “While all of these functions are vitally important in helping a person obtain greater freedom, perhaps the most impressive gift our dogs provide is social, rather than physical, in nature,” according to the Canine Assistant website. “The dogs eliminate feelings of fear, isolation, and loneliness felt by their companions. “

 milkbonesThe cost and care of these specially trained dogs can be more that 20-thousand dollars.  Biebuyck’s new dog donation was made possible through Milk Bones “I-Give” program. 

Biebuyck will meet a service dog and a Canine Assistance trainer at an event at Peterson Air Force Base where her father, an Army Colonel, is based.  She will not actually get her new dog until they have both attended an upcoming sponsored training camp together.

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