My Best Friend, My Black Fluffy

Having a skilled companion dog has been life changing for me.  Midas, my skilled companion dog, is from a wonderful organization called Canine Companions for Independence.  Midas first went to a puppy raiser for 18 months, where he learned basic commands like sit, shake, and speak.  Then, Midas went to Canine Companions, where he worked very hard with a trainer to learn many more commands for 6-9 months.  Midas was taught about 40 different commands.  We do not use all of the commands, but some we use on a daily basis.  It just depends on my needs.

I was around 8 years old when I first applied to get a skilled companion dog at Canine Companions.  It took about 2 years until I got a call saying that they had a dog for me.  I found out I would be going to two-week training in February of 2019.  For the first couple of days, my parents and I went through lots of training to find the perfect dog for me.  On the third day, I was pre-matched with my skilled companion dog, Midas III.  Once I got pre-matched with Midas, we did even more training with getting him accustomed to how things worked with me and what things were the most important to help me with my independence.  Around the middle of the second week, I got a final match with Midas III.

Some of the most significant things Midas does for me is to help me open closets, open doors, and pick things up that I drop (especially my phone:))  As a person with a disability, Midas has definitely made an impact in my life, an amazing one!  I gained more independence, and a best friend!  Check out the video below to see Midas at work, doing what he loves the most!  

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10 thoughts on “My Best Friend, My Black Fluffy

  1. We had SC Rudy VI from 2006 till 2017 and we called him a wonder dog for our adult son who happens to have cerebral palsy. Almost 2 years ago, we decided to do puppy raising and will turn in Zima next week and already have Suzanne for another year plus. Have fun with Midas!!!

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  2. Kolton has to pick up my phone a LOT for me too!!!! Yesterday it dropped and he huffed at me as he got up from the couch knowing I was going to ask him to GET it for me… I hadn’t even given him the command yet!!! 😂

    Another awesome blog!!!

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  3. Thank you for sharing the amazing relationship you have with your gorgeous companion dog Midas. The teamwork the two of you have almost brings a tear to my eye ……… very special

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  4. Thank you for sharing your story with us! My family has raised multiple puppies for CCI and love hearing about all the wonderful matches! I can’t wait to hear more about the adventures you and Midas have in the future!

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  5. This is such a cool post Greta. I just got my Service Dog, Rocky, also from CCI in February. It’s such a magical relationship and I’m so thankful we both have it in our lives.

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  6. Thank you for sharing your adventures with Midas at your side, Greta! Volunteer puppy raisers for Canine Companions don’t always get to hear the unique ways these dogs are enhancing lives and we’re so grateful for the stories that are shared. I’m now following you through WordPress and can’t wait to hear what you two are up to next.

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