Three months ago Katherine Hockney’s life changed forever.
She was promised a new service dog from the NASH project, an organization that rescues neglected and abused animals and rehabilitates them to be used as service dogs.
Hockney’s previous service dog Ted is retiring due to health reasons, and this week the NASH Project held true to its promise by providing Katherine a new dog named Sally
To Hockney, it still doesn’t seem real.
“I think I’m going to wake up and they’re going to say this was just a nice dream. but I know it isn’t, and I couldn’t have got a more beautiful dog then sally.”
Having a service dog is essential to Hockney’s daily life. She has Parkinson’s, suffers from post traumatic stress disorder, and can experience seizures due to anxiety.
Sally helps to ease that anxiety, and has already proven her worth.
“A few people came by and she read my anxiety and stood right in front of me. I couldn’t even move her. I was just tickled pink because that’s something that puts the dog between me and the anxiety.”
With her new dog by her side, the generosity shown by the NASH project is something Hockney will never forget.
“I was very depressed and I’m coming out of it quite nicely know. I just don’t know where if I didn’t have them, and they’re so reassuring. I just didn’t take home a dog, I took home the NASH project.”