May and Cossie’s story

Cossie is a very special boy, not only is he loads of personality squeezed into the perfect little cuddly Jack Russell cross Cattle Dog package; he is the first rescue dog to be placed by Assistance Dogs Australia. Cossie is the pint sized companion to twenty nine year old May who has Rett Syndrome, a severe genetic disorder of the nervous system. May’s condition means she is very physically disabled, but Cossie is the ideal size to jump up and sit on May’s lap for cuddles.

Cossie has settled really well into his new home as May’s companions, and quite quickly became a well-loved family member. Cossie gets plenty of walks each day with May’s parents, who are excited that May has a new companion. It’s not often a dog is described as a triple treat, but that’s what Cossie is – a companion for May, a walking buddy for May’s dad and an extra friend at home for May’s mum.

“Cossie is fantastic!” says May.

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

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