LONDON — A woman suffering from Cerebral Palsy has gained more independence thanks to her assistance dog Gino. While thirty-four-year-old Becky Andrews is confined to a wheelchair with restricted mobility, Gino has helped her to gain a whole new lease on life. Since coming into her life three years ago, the Labrador/Golden Retriever mix has helped her to complete every day tasks, like taking her shoes off, with a lot more ease. Gino has also tremendously increased Andrews confidence and even helped her secure a job as an office assistant at EDF Energy.
Gino was first introduced to Andrews through the charity Canine Partners, when the woman applied in September 2013. The charity organization provides people with disabilities with assistance dogs to help them with everyday life. When asked about her experience, Andrews reveals, “I feel so much better about life as Gino is in it. Growing up I felt I wasn’t really good enough. But Gino never gets annoyed with me or bored of helping me. He’s given me the confidence to do new things.”
Gino helps Andrews open and close doors, unpack bags, get undressed, shower and he even grabs food from top shelves and milk from the fridge. Andrews adds he is also, “a great icebreaker,” when meeting new people. Dogs like Gino have the ability to transform peoples lives and that is why he is nominated for this years Daily Mirror Animal Heroes Award in association with the RSPCA in the U.K. To learn more about the awards and other dogs like Gino, visit this website.