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The video below shows Cori going down the slide with Sawyer. You'll notice that two kids slide down after them. Cori goes up to each child to make sure they're ok. Each child gives the same response... patting her on the head. Both the kids and Cori completely knew how to interact with this second long, non-verbal form of communication. Dogs and kids... they just know!
"I thought your plan of assigning military to support individual kids was hugely successful. There were so many layers of success to the event. The differences in our Canine Inspired Community Re-integration graduates from that first orientation to this event was something difficult to describe..WOW!" ~Carol, Paws’itive Teams
"I liked how there wasn't a sense of "us and them" or "the disabled and the abled." Everyone was just doing what they could to contribute to creating a joyful day." ~Janice, Amy’s mom.
"I thought it was the best event we’ve had yet. The energy was amazing. Everyone was there for the right reasons. To see West transform into a helper/leader and watch the service members smile and help out so freely in that environment was uplifting and healing for all. Also, Adaptive Jim was an inspiration for everyone."~Lauren, West’s mom
"What a great event Waves of Empowerment is! To see so many Canine Inspired Community Re-Integration participants out watching, helping others out and bringing their families out to be a part of this great community, is so rewarding. For our warriors to be able to give back and help someone else is more healing than you could know. Thank you for your vision in connecting people and animals together. Powerful!" ~Kim, Recreation Therapist
"This model honestly has the potential to be my favorite event ever because it is just about love and inclusion. Everyone is included and out there because of love". ~Lauren, West's mom