Dolly is looking for a home for a year. (Contributed)

Foster family needed for Dolly

Maple Ridge pup training to be assistance dog

Are you willing to train, care, feed and love an adorable puppy, then say goodbye after a year?

Then you may want to talk to Darlene McKeown about Dolly, a 12-week-old labradoodle.

“You can see it in her face, almost like it’s her destiny and she knows it,” McKeown said of Dolly.

Dolly’s destiny lies with the Assistance Service Dogs B.C., an organization that trains puppies to become assistance dogs for autistic children. The calming effect of a canine friend can be invaluable to children trying to go to school or get out while facing the challenges of being autistic.

McKeown has three dogs herself and no longer has room for Dolly. So she’s seeking a foster family for Dolly for a year.

A foster family’s role is to feed, train, care and love the dog until it’s just over a year old. After that, it goes to the Assistance Service Dogs of B.C. for a few months of intense training, after which they’re matched with a family with an autistic child.

“What we teach are social skills, how to get along with other dogs, people, children,” said McKeown.

“For the first few months, she’s almost like your pet. You don’t really need to anything,” McKeown added.

She’s already taking care of Bruno since last year.

Making a pet a daily part of your life for a year, then having to give him or her up, could be a tough assignment. But McKeown said the parting process is easier than expected.

She’d had to do that before.

“It wasn’t difficult because there’s more [in the future] and they’re going to a good cause.”

McKeown added that the dog’s name isn’t permanent and the new family can change it, without too much objection from Dolly.



pmelnychuk@mapleridgenews.com

Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter

Just Posted

Katzie paddled together in honour of a fallen family member

More than 30 members of the Katzie First Nation reserve took part in the canoeing event

Money in to finish Lougheed Highway twinning

$29 million to complete four laning of four-kilometre stretch in Maple Ridge, but no start date

Campers expect 100 per cent online reservations at Golden Ears next season

Maple Ridge group has been fighting to keep drive in bookings

Maple Ridge council will be asked to declare climate emergency

Vancouver, London and Los Angeles have already done so

Rich the Vegan scoots across Canada for the animals

Rich Adams is riding his push scooter across Canada to bring awareness to the dog meat trade in Asia

Body, burning truck found near northern B.C. town

RCMP unsure if the two separate discoveries are related

Former Fernie Ghostrider re-signs with Vancouver Canucks

Josh Teves has signed a two-year contract with the NHL team

Couple found dead along northern B.C. highway in double homicide

Woman from the U.S. and man from Australia found dead near Liard Hot Springs

UPDATE: West Kelowna fawn euthanized, not claimed by sanctuary

Gilbert the deer has been euthanized after a suitable home was not found in time

BC Wildfire Service warns wet weather no reason to be complacent

Fire risk currently low for much of B.C. compared to same time over last two years.

Bank of Canada lowers qualifying rate used in mortgage stress tests

Home sales softened last year after the federal government introduced new stress test rules for uninsured mortgages

Most Read