~ Claudia and Wren ~
In 2004 at the young age of 3 ½, Claudia had cancer. After undergoing many treatments, she received a bone marrow transplant. However, this led to some horrible side effects. Most notably having immense skin damage and effects on her bones, muscles, and joints, meaning she permanently uses a wheelchair.
Ten years later in 2014, it was recommended to Claudia that she look into getting a mobility dog. Mobility dogs help those with physical disabilities. At age 14, she was interviewed about her needs and limitations so she could be properly matched with a dog.
At age 17, Claudia was given the news that a dog had been found as a match for her. At the beginning of 2018, she attended the Mobility Dogs training camp to learn how to work with her new mobility dog, Wren. They instantly formed a bond.
Claudia found new freedom by having Wren at her side. Having someone to focus on and to care for allowed Claudia to find more confidence and happiness. Waking up to every morning to an excited Wren always allowed for a good start to her mornings.
For Claudia to know that she had her four-legged partner at her side, it was life-changing. Wren aided in Claudia’s mobility; if she dropped something, Wren could pick it up, press the crossing buttons, open doors, and more. Not only this, but Wren became an amazing companion to Claudia.
During Claudia’s secondary school graduation, she and Wren both received graduation certificates. It showed that Wren had become not only a valued member of Claudia’s life but also of her community.
Having Wren helped Claudia to find happiness in each day and to have more independence and confidence within her community. Unfortunately, at the end of 2019, Claudia ended up in the hospital unexpectedly. Thankfully, the hospital allowed her to keep Wren in her room during her stay. Throughout this ordeal, Wren stayed by her side. Wren slept at the end of Claudia’s hospital bed for the stay. Whenever anyone entered the room, Wren would greet them. Once she had established who they were, she would go back to Claudia’s bed.
The two have become an inseparable pair. Due to her love for Wren, and animals in general, Claudia decided to pursue this and further her knowledge by studying animal psychology. This was to gain a better understanding of animals and especially so of Wren.
With Wren in her life, Claudia is more confident and has more independence. Wren encourages Claudia to go for walks, to play, and most of all just they make each other happier. Wren brings Claudia a lot of comfort and makes her feel safer. When times may be tough, Claudia enjoys watching Wren – especially when Wren runs around at the park. If the two feel a bit tired, Claudia enjoys resting with Wren and having a good snuggle.
When Claudia is struggling, she knows that Wren is there. The two have a mutual understanding of one another. There have been many times when Wren has bettered and improved Claudia’s life and even saved it. From bringing in so much happiness and love, Claudia says having Wren has been life-changing, and cannot imagine what not having her would be like.