Service Dog Donated to Houston Child with Muscular Dystrophy

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An eight year old Texas child with muscular dystrophy received new hope Thursday in the form of a donated service dog. Joel Poysky, 8, was diagnosed with the degenerative disease when he was 3 years old.

On Thursday, he and his family learned he’ll have some much-needed help as his symptoms worsen – a specially trained service dog. “Joel’s path in life is going to be different than we originally planned. It really makes us feel good to know that he will have a dog, a canine helper, to walk along that path with him,” Joel’s dad, James Poysky, said.

The Canine Assistance Program, Kroger, and Milk Bone collectively donated the dog to Joel.

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7 thoughts on “Service Dog Donated to Houston Child with Muscular Dystrophy”

  1. Awww **wipes tears away** what a lucky dog! I often wish my path in life had lead me into the service field. I am not a unhappy dog, my two-legger is pretty cool, but I am they type of pooch that wants to do good in the world trying to make it a better place for two and four leggers.

  2. What a wonderful story!!! So good to read about such kind and generous peeps.

    Woos ~ Phantom, Thunder, and Ciara

  3. This particular service dog group, Canine Assistants in Milton, GA does not charge recipients for the dogs. There is quite a long waiting list for dogs and about 100 are provided each year. The dogs are usually 18 mos. – 2 years old.


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