What an INSPIRATION!
14 year old Nick Gilling has come a long way, thanks to his corgi.
Suffering from Asperger's syndrome and agoraphobia, he was ruthlessly bullied, and one day, he decided he had enough. He refused to go to school, and said he'd never where his uniform again.
That's when mama Tessa heard about Dogs for the Disabled, a service dog program in the UK.
Tessa states that Sally has a calming effect on Nick and will even play cards with him! As a former show dog, Sally has unbelievable patience, which is what Nick needs.
The proud mama and National Autism Society says the following about the new duo:
Sally is also very calm and tolerant. She calms Nick down when he's feeling stressed, and doesn't mind when he wants to give her a bug hug and pull her around - she's perfect.
Looking to the future, what we want is to help Nick into mainstream school, and hopefully Sally can help him achieve this. She often comes in the car to school with him if he needs her. She's a real comfort to him.
Nick agrees wholeheartedly, stating:
Sally makes me feel safe when I'm out and when I talk to the people I meet in the street. We talk about the Royal Wedding and the Queen's Jubilee and all the things Sally did before she was my friend.
She has changed my life and makes me smile every day.
How incredible is that?! This pooch and boy combo is simply uhMAZing!