Mahto (Shepherd/Chow Mix)

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I got Mahto from a friend who simply needed to find homes for her dog's litter of puppies. At the time I got Mahto, I was undergoing physical therapy as part of a lengthy rehabilitation program. She became the best assistance dog anyone could hope for even though she never had any official training. She would pick items up off of the floor for me. She could identify and bring to me numerous items that I needed, but could not get on my own. She understood my request for "get help" whenever I needed it.


As my therapy progressed and outdoor walks became part of the program, she instantly learned the commands of "slow" and "wait". She was absolutely the best dog I have ever shared my home with. Unfortunately, a few years after I regained some of my independence, Mahto developed hip and joint problems that ultimately led to her death. For as long as possible, I returned the love and care that she gave me, but eventually the pain was too much to endure.

By VeronicaHB from Asheboro, NC

A Chow mix dog sitting on a carpeted floor.

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What a sweet story! You and Mahto were meant for each other! How wonderful that you could each help the other in your time of need. She will always be a precious memory for you.

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