Goodwill Service Dogs Help Local High School Student

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Updated: 2/05 6:50 pm
        Heritage High School Freshman Jordyn Miller says dealing with Muscular Dystrophy has become a lot easier with her service dog Eddie by her side.
        "When I would go with my friends places my parents would have to stay and be there to help and so he made it to where they didn't have to be there," Miller said.
        Eddie is the first dog placed after being trained with the Goodwill Assistance Dog Academy, a program Director Ramona Nichols says only Chattanooga's Goodwill offers.
        "In 2009, Chattanooga Goodwill was looking for a service to provide to our community that was really special and really unique. And they looked around and found a service dog program could provide. And in 2010 we started training our first three dogs," said Nichols.
        Eddie and the other dogs go through two years of training and learn more than 90 commands, before they're matched with their owner.
        "Learning skills like opening and closing doors, turning lights on and off, retrieving objects and very intense socialization," Nichols said.
        "For a week, we would go to Goodwill and, Ramona would teach us about stuff and we would learn some commands," said Miller.
        For Jordyn, having Eddie means having another best friend to help look out for her.
        "He's always there for me and does whatever I need and very helpful," Miller said.





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