Teen Breaks Down When Mom Finally Gets Her A Service Dog After 4 Years Of Waiting

by Kristin Avery
Kristin shares a Chicago home with a dog, a rabbit, two cats, a husband, and an 11-year-old daughter.

Quite simply, dogs make everything better. They are friends, guardians, playmates, and confidants and remain by our side during moments of joy and pain.

Their love is unconditional — they never judge, criticize, or betray us.

But for children with special needs, canine companionship means even more.

Canadian teenager Cadance Mercer had been hoping for a service dog for years. Cadance has autism as well as severe anxiety and panic attacks that lead to emotional meltdowns. Her mother applied for service dogs with organizations in Canada and the United States, but has been declined multiple times. Cadance is high functioning and most dogs are matched with nonverbal children.

Sadly, the denials took a severe toll on Cadance’s self-esteem and she sometimes felt worthless and like she wasn’t worth the effort.

But Cadance’s dream has finally come true.

Watch as she meets her new service dog, Luna, in the video below. Cadance cries tears of joy and relief and her new canine companion responds with gentle, comforting kisses. Their connection is immediate, beautiful, and heartfelt.

Luna is only 11 weeks old and still needs to complete her service dog training. Cadance will need to wait a little longer before taking her home. But she knows Luna is out there and that makes everything better. Cadance is no longer alone and will soon have a faithful, supportive companion to help her journey successfully through life.

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