Shadow is a special Golden Retriever, especially to his owner/handler Kayla Aolick.
Kayla suffers from epilepsy (due to a cancerous brain tumor) and she was advised to get a seizure response dog to help manage her episodes. Kayla was matched with Shadow in 2012 through the Lions Foundation of Canada Dog Guides and this new relationship has completely changed her life.
Shadow is truly her best friend and loyal companion. Kayla believes Shadow came into her life at a time when she needed him most, and since then, Kayla has gained her independence back. Shadow has helped Kayla overcome obstacles and take on new challenges that she never thought she could. Overall, Kayla is grateful to Shadow for always being there for her as her “guardian angel” – protecting and watching over her as well as giving her family peace of mind that Kayla is always in good hands (or “paws”).
In 2016 Shadow was awarded the Purina Hall of Fame – Better Together Award and travelled to Toronto to accept the award.
Here is an interview with Shadow:
Shadow has a Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/shadow.srdguidedog/
Local ShawTV produced a video that is on YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_6amqTst8TA
Kayla and Shadow are a team and spend their time giving back to those that have given so much to them. She is still active with the Tour de Rock Bike Ride for childhood cancer.
Together they have set a goal to raise enough funds so that someone else can get a Guide Dog through the Lion’s Foundation.
We are proud to have Kayla & Shadow as special guests of the Alberni Valley Kennel Club’s 52nd annual Championship Dog Show, October 14-15-16, 2016 at Glenwood Center. Come by and meet Shadow and support the fund raising activities at the show.
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