This is a healing story of a child with a disability and a very special therapy dog – Chelsea – who helped him overcome his fear and develop skills that his therapists did not know would be possible for him.
While volunteering at a mental health facility, Gus met a man who lives most of his life suffering from hallucinations, not knowing where he is or what is happening. For the entire time that Gus and his handler, Maureen, visited with the man, he knew where he was and didn’t hallucinate at all. According to Maureen, “He just kept petting Gus and telling me how much he loved him. He even knew what day it was and told me that Gus was special when he left. Amazing. What a great dog, I adore him and how he is able to connect on a level I can’t begin to understand.”
Have you ever loved someone in need of assistance? Has their need for help ever exceeded your scope of abilities to satisfy? Have you ever had a stranger enter your home, change your life forever, and walk away your hero? Let me tell you the story of Joseph, Lesly, and Chelsea.