With a diagnosis still somewhat unknown to doctors, Clarke is a bright young boy with a condition leaving him wheelchair bound and with the inability to talk.
In their support of canine companions as therapeutic service dogs, the Dublin Dog Foundation is raising $25,000 for Clarke to provide him with a specially trained friend named Benning. Benning will help Clarke’s parents with alerts, help Clarke with his daily needs, and truly serve as his best friend.
Dublin Dog has chosen Paws 4 People as the organization to train a dog for Clarke. Paws 4 People breeds their own dogs and sends the puppies to a training program within the South Carolina prison system, once they are old enough. Starting at a very young age, the dogs involved in projects, such as the one for Clarke, are already touching multiple lives in need.
In order to help raise the funds needed to train and provide Clarke with Benning, Dublin Dog has hosted several fundraisers over the course of 2011. Their last benefit was held October 19th at the Golf Club at Ballantyne where over 80 golfers registered to play for Clarke. The young boy and his parents were able to be present for this memorable occasion as the golfers teed off.
The Dublin Dog Foundation is still accepting donations for Clarke, who will be officially paired with his friend Benning in June of 2012, when training is complete. If you would like to help, would like more information about Operation Clarke, or would like to learn more about other service dog pairings that DDF has provided, please visit the Foundation’s website, or, contact them locally at 704-644-7025.
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