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Samantha and Stephen

The decision to retire a service dog is never an easy one. But, after a long and wonderful partnership with her CPL service dog, Ivy, Samantha decide it was time for Ivy to hang up the harness. So while Ivy stayed home and was lovingly pampered, Samantha attended Team Training with her new partner, Stephen. Sam did a great job embracing this new partnership and learning to work with Stephen. Stephen loves his new mom. He can hear her quiet voice above all others and adores putting his front feet on the footrests of her wheelchair to deliver retrieved items or to just focus on her body language. They communicate beautifully. They’ve had so much fun-Sam has a wonderful sense of humor and she and Stephen have found great joy learning how much they can do together.