Matthew and Bronte’s story

Assistance Dogs Australia’s Service Dog Bronte has helped Matt of Adelaide reach a new chapter in his life, one filled with freedom and independence.

Bronte helps Matt with everyday tasks that he finds difficult to achieve. She can pick up all sorts of items like his mobile phone, the remote control and his keys, she can open and close doors and can alert bark if Matt is ever in trouble or falls out of his wheelchair.

“Bronte is my number one companion. She knows my routine and is always there to greet me when I wake up. I’m on my own a lot during the day, but she is there to help me,” Matt said.

In fact Bronte helped Matt a lot when he ran his own IT business, picking up computer parts and cables for him and providing much needed friendship even when times were tough.

“Bronte always makes me smile. She’s a big puppy, she’s always happy and wagging her tail. So much so that sometimes she clears the table with one swipe [of her tail]. Thankfully she helps me clean up!” Matt said.

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

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