Amanda and Tiggy’s story

Assistance Dogs Australia’s Service Dog Tiggy and his recipient Amanda McKenzie from Wagga Wagga definitely got off on the right paw.

“I like to call Tiggy my time and energy saver, because simple everyday tasks that I find difficult or impossible to achieve he can do for me in 5 seconds flat! Tiggy retrieves dropped items from the floor which means I no longer have to disturb other staff members. He loves to get my documents off the photocopier.”

Tiggy opens the door to a new freedom and independence for Amanda and helps her at work four days a week.

“Tiggy is a dead set legend,” Amanda said

He can open and close doors, get things out of the fridge, collects the mail and also alert barks if Amanda ever falls out of her wheelchair or is in trouble, offering her more security.

“Having Tiggy in my life is an absolute joy. I would feel naked if I had to leave the house without him now,” Amanda said. “I am amazed at how intuitive he is.  And the lengths he will go to try and help.  He is totally awesome and I don’t have the right words to tell you just how much I appreciate having him around.”

It costs over $60,000 to train and place an Assistance Dog.

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