Recipient Kathy has Multiple Sclerosis, and before being paired with her Service Dog, Jule in 2020, reported that life was very difficult.
Jule assists Kathy with her stability while walking. “There are times when I can’t tell the difference from a flat surface, a slope, or drop off, but Jule helps by maneuvering me, and guiding me through changing terrain.”
Kathy states that Jule has made her much more independent. “I was experiencing things that were becoming more and more severe, causing me to go out less because I couldn’t do certain things, and would become frustrated. I could do things – but didn’t even realize all I could do until I was paired with Jule. She has shown me that yes, I can…with her assistance. She is always there for me, helping me. She’s been a light in my life. Jule is truly a good girl, and she’s made a huge difference in my world.”
The Founder and CEO of Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs, Inc., Carol Borden, titled her first dog at the age of ten. Mrs. Borden has logged nearly 60 years training dogs in multiple disciplines, from competition to training a dog for a movie, to training the #1 Service Dog in the US, which was the first service dog to ever become the Top American Dog Hero winning over all categories of working dogs in the United States. She started the non-profit Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs organization in 2010.
Mrs. Borden’s expertise and accomplishments are acknowledged by numerous national awards from various industries and agencies including the 2018 Corporate Pet Industry Woman of the Year and multiple awards for her organization’s work in mental health and suicide prevention.
She is frequently requested as a Keynote Speaker, and as an Industry Consultant to teach service dog laws to judicial systems, attorneys, and businesses, and to assist in service dog bills in multiple states that were passed into law. In 2020, she started an Institute for Higher Learning and the Borden Veterinary Hospital. Additionally, she has written and teaches college-accredited/VA-approved apprenticeship courses on dog training and service dog training.
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