Funds needed to gain new helper
A Palmerston North woman is asking for people to help her replace her canine friend and carer.
Pam Allen, who needs a wheelchair to get around, and her mobility dog Rusty were a familiar sight throughout the city, especially at rest homes.
Rusty was specially trained to help Ms Allen open doors, pick up items off the floor and could even assist with putting on shoes and socks.
But after medical complications earlier this year, Rusty had to be put down.
Ms Allen said everyday tasks were starting to take their toll.
"I'm trying to do things I can't do, I get determined and end up hurting myself.
"He would know what I was going to do and help.
"I'm in far more pain now than when I had Rusty helping."
She said she needed a new mobility dog but it would cost her about $6000, which was difficult to pull together as she lived off disability payments.
"I've got a little bit lying around and I've been selling cards to try to get money together for it."
She said she had no other choice but to ask for help, and was sure it would be the last time she would have to get a new mobility dog.
"Each year I'm getting older. I'm sure this next one will help me through."
Ms Allen said she would be selling her cards at the Manawatu A&P Show next weekend, and organisers would also hold a collection for her.
- © Fairfax NZ News
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