What A Gem

 |  Feb 16th 2009  |   3 Contributions


Gemstones come in many shapes and sizes. This one just happens to come shaped like a Golden Labrador, the most precious gem of all.

Evie Crook's life has been transformed by the arrival of Gem the golden Labrador at her home.

She was diagnosed with high frequency deafness when she was two and half which left her with a 80 per cent hearing loss. She uses hearing aid which give her 50 per cent hearing and can lip read.

Gem, from the Hearing Dogs charity, has been trained to find Evie, who has a sister Maddy, 11, and tell her when one of the family wants her attention.

She also takes messages to and from Evie in a purse which she carries in her mouth and alerts her to a cooker timer which is used to measure all kinds of activities including her homework.

Evie is the youngest person in Britain to use a hearing dog. Sounds like this Gem is going to make a big difference in her life. There's another little girl who is waiting to get her Autism Service Dog and could really use our help.

Violet Vickery is a beautiful 6-year-old who lives in Monticello, MN with her parents. Her folks have desperately been trying to raise enough funds so they can receive an Autism Service Dog, to help give Violet a chance at a more normal life.

An Autism Service Dog will be trained specifically for Violet's needs from All Purpose Canines in Aberdeen, SD. Violet will increase her social skills by forming an attachment with the dog, adults, and children that might approach the dog while out in public, allowing Violet to be put in social situations she can learn from.

She will be reassured by the dog's constant presence. She will learn responsibility by caring for the dog, most of all Violet will be much safer. The service dog will be Violet's guardian not letting her leave the house unattended, run into the street or run away from her parents in public.

You can read all about Violet, and what her life is like, on her doggie fund site. The Vickery's need $15,500 to bring her service dog home, currently they are at $9,714. If you would like to donate to help the Vickery's achieve their goal stop by their fundraising page.

Good luck to both Evie and Violet.

* Photo of Evie and Gem courtesy ROSS PARRY SYNDICATION.

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