Queensland, Australia – Erin Condrin is a girl that suffers from Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome who got her service dog Lacey, half a year ago. She helps her with several daily tasks, but one of the most memorable ones was the preparation for her senior prom.
She found Lacey through Canine Helpers Australia, a non-profit organization that provides assistance to people with disabilities through the placement and training of service dogs. They started training Lacey a year ago.
When Lacey was ready to live full-time with Erin, Canine Helpers Australia assisted in a school assembly to educate over 2,000 students and raise awareness on the role of service dogs for a person with disabilities.
Erin says Lacey has helped her become more independent because she is trained to solve different tasks for her so she doesn’t have to wait for someone to help her. Lacey also provides invaluable emotional comfort during the painful parts of her disease.
For her senior formal last week, Erin asked her dressmaker to saw a skirt for Lacey with the leftovers from her dress materials. Erin loved having Lacey by her side, helping her prepare for the event. She didn’t go with her to the event because Erin feared the crowd and the loud noises may have stressed her. But Lacey was waiting for her when she came back.
Erin wanted to show people that “disabilities don’t stop for special occasions (…) we designed a dress from scratch to suit a wheelchair, hired a ramp to take to the venue, organized medications, and more”.
And it all gets easier if your best friend is there for you. Especially one that has such a close bond with you like Lacey has with Erin. She says: “The connection I have with this dog is beyond words!”
And you can totally tell… Just check these pictures and you will see!