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CPL Graduate Receives AKC Award for Canine Excellence

September 23, 2016

CPL service dog graduate Teddie has been selected to be the recipient of the AKC Award for Canine Excellence in the service dog category! According to the AKC Humane Fund, “These awards celebrate five loyal, hard-working dogs that have significantly improved the lives of their owners and communities.”

After suddenly becoming paralyzed at the age of 14, Krystal’s life drastically changed. She became homebound and needed some extra help so she applied to CPL. She was matched with Teddie in the summer of 2013. Teddie helps Krystal with many physical tasks and in the few short years they have been together these two have conquered college, a job, and volunteer work! Krystal shared, “With Teddies’ help over the last three years, I was able to graduate with three associate degrees from Cecil College. Teddie has allowed me to travel on my own on long car trips, attend regular outings with friends and family, volunteer at Canine Partners for Life, and even work a part-time job. Teddie has been there when I had a rough day, helped me become confident in myself and my disability, and given me the courage to speak out about my story. My outlook on life has taken a complete 180 and I cannot imagine it without her.”

Click here to learn more about Krystal and Teddie and the incredible honor of being chosen for the AKC Award for Canine Excellence.

Congratulations, Teddie and Krystal!