Tim’s amazing bond with Ringer

“Now that he has Ringer by his side, people just flock to him. It’s a whole new world.”
-Angie Beighley, Tim's Mom

Tim's Story Part I:  Another "Normal" Kid

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[TEXT ON SCREEN: Life may bring you some serious challenges. When you don’t let them win, it can also bring you a genuine hero.

TEXT ON SCREEN: TIM’S STORY PART I: Another “Normal” Kid

TIM’S MOM: It's emotionally tough having a special needs child. When the doctor walks out of the room and says your child has cerebral palsy. You almost just go numb.

TIM: Cerebral palsy is a neurological disconnect between the brain and the muscles. There are people that do not understand and that haven’t had the situations where they have been around somebody in a wheelchair.

TIM’S MOM: My son, Tim, was born 3 months premature. He had a grade III, IV brain hemorrhage. They grade it on a scale of one to four with four being the most severe. The struggles that I see Tim having is, of course, physical with him. He is in a power wheelchair. He cannot shower himself or even get himself a cup of water. He is pretty well dependent on my husband and I.

Through the school years, just seeing him struggle with even homework. I mean, it takes him probably twice as long as it does the "normal kid" to be able to accomplish a task.

TIM: I found out about the Canine Assistants program through a friend at school. The Canine Assistants program is an organization that trains dogs to be able to assist people. Just the thought of being a lot more independent when I’m out and about in public. I was thrilled that the wait was finally over to get my dog.

TIM’S MOM: We are so excited about getting a dog from Canine Assistants. As a mom, I am hoping that it will increase his social capabilities.

TIM: Assistants’ dogs do make chairs disappear because people want to be able to see the dog, and they’ll actually talk to the dog and talk to me.

TIM’S MOM: I have been asked before, Do you see this as something else to take care of? Because with taking care of Tim, there is a lot there. But I guess when I stop and think about it, my pros outweigh my cons. I just think that we are going to get so much more out of it than it will take from us, so I look at it as a positive thing.

TEXT ON SCREEN: Canine Assistants is dedicated to the education of service dogs and the people they assist so they may enhance and improve the lives of one another.]

Tim's Story Part II: The Wait Is Over

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[TEXT ON SCREEN: Celebrating the Bond: TIM’S STORY PART II: The Wait Is Over

TEXT ON SCREEN: This is the second of four videos chronicling Tim Beighley’s heroic journey, as a Canine Assistants service dog forever changed his life for the better.

TIM’S MOM: The day has been a lot of fun. We rolled in this morning and first heard some lectures. It is all about the dog and the person and their bond and their relationship, and not so much about telling them what to do.

TIM: When they told me I was up next, I felt extremely excited.

CANINE ASSISTANTS EMPLOYEE: Hey, this is Trouble.

TIM: I went into the room, and the dog was a little bit off, I think, because of the weather. The whole time he was looking around and searching for something. So they’re going to do it again tomorrow and see how things go.

CANINE ASSISTANTS EMPLOYEE: Good morning, you ready?

TIM: Yes.

CANINE ASSISTANTS EMPLOYEE: Okay, turn around. We’re going to bring Trouble out to you.

TIM: Coming in, I thought maybe it’s going to be a match. When I felt like it wasn’t going to be a match, then it was kind of like, “Okay, now what?”

TIM’S MOM: It just kind of made my heart drop. You’re looking for the smiles and the joy just to come busting out, and I was not seeing that. And then, when they brought Ringer in, it was like it was instantaneous almost.

TIM: Hey, Ringer. Hey, Ringer. He visited everybody in the room, and he decided on me and came to me and did not want to leave my side.

TIM’S MOM: And Tim’s face, everything was there. He just lit up. I mean, you knew. You just knew that was it.

TIM: Puts his two paws up here and gets right up in my face, and I could definitely feel I think Ringer’s it.

TEXT ON SCREEN: Canine Assistants is dedicated to the education of service dogs and the people they assist so they may enhance and improve the lives of one another.]

Tim's Story Part III: Graduation and Beyond

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[TEXT ON SCREEN: Celebrating the Bond: TIM’S STORY PART III: Graduation and Beyond

TEXT ON SCREEN: This is the third of four videos chronicling Tim Beighley’s heroic journey, as a Canine Assistants service dog forever changed his life for the better.

TIM: We’ve already been home for a week, and everything’s been going really well. The most important thing I’ve learned against the amount of time you have to put in to make the bond work and continue to grow. The one big highlight was the Olympics today. And Ringer playing the little piano and opening the door.

PEOPLE CHEERING: Yeah, good job. Yeah, good!

TIM’S MOM: It made me feel proud that he was able to do all those things. It made me feel awesome.

TIM’S MOM: I think being there in the 10 days that we got exposure to everything that we needed to. But so much of it has to come from us now. It’s kind of like, Spread our baby wings and fly. I mean, they’ve given us the information, but they can’t do it for us.

TIM: I had a physical therapist and an occupational therapist come to my house to work with me in a joint session. And Ringer laid right down beside me on the bed.

TIM’S MOM: As soon as he figured out that they were okay, that they were there to help Tim and, you know, everything, that he got down on the floor and laid down, and they were able to work with Tim.

TIM: That was really one of the first times the bond came out to me.

TIM’S MOM: It really was a sweet moment just seeing that bond there.

TIM: Learning the tasks will come easily if the bond is strong. And I think Ringer and I have a very strong bond so far.

TEXT ON SCREEN: Canine Assistants is dedicated to the education of service dogs and the people they assist so they may enhance and improve the lives of one another.]

Tim's Story Part IV: The Final Chapter

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[TEXT ON SCREEN: Celebrating the Bond: TIM’S STORY PART IV: The Last Chapter

TEXT ON SCREEN: This is the fourth and final video chronicling Tim Beighley’s heroic journey, as a Canine Assistants service dog forever changed his life for the better.

TIM’S MOM: We’ve had Ringer for four months now, and it’s been great, it really has. In the first phase at home, it was probably harder than I thought it would be. But now that we’ve all gotten used to each other, it’s probably easier than I thought it would be.

TIM: Before I had Ringer, I wanted the chair to disappear, and I wanted people to kind of talk to me freely like everybody else. And now that I have Ringer, it’s hard to get to class on time.

TIM’S MOM: He and Ringer now go to college together and I think it’s opened doors for him to have friends. They’re at college, maybe just those opportunities were not there. So many times you would see a person look at Tim and literally just kind of look away or drop their head and go the other way, you know. Now that he has Ringer by his side, it’s like people just flock to him. And it is a whole new world.

TIM: I have so much more confidence now that I have Ringer, be away from my parents and to really enjoy myself. This whole experience has turned out better than I thought it was going to go, and the bond that I have Ringer is absolutely amazing. Having a Canine Assistance dog has brought me joy and has really freed me to be me.

TEXT ON SCREEN: Canine Assistants is dedicated to the education of service dogs and the people they assist so they may enhance and improve the lives of one another.]

Living with cerebral palsy brings great challenges. But for Tim Beighley, getting a Canine Assistants service dog helped him gain confidence, independence and a furry best friend.

When Tim was matched with his Canine Assistants service dog, Ringer, his face lit up, and everyone just knew that was it. The bond was absolutely amazing and grew into the rock-solid foundation for their remarkable relationship. Ringer has also opened doors for Tim to make friends at college. In fact, it’s tough for Tim to get to class on time because so many people stop to talk to him and Ringer when they’re crossing campus.

Join us as we celebrate the bond between these special companions and their incredible friendship that changed both of their lives for the better.

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