CLASS OF 2015
Melissa & Tanner
Melissa Mitchell, who has cerebral palsy and uses a wheelchair, was paired with Golden Retriever Tanner, who will help her by opening and closing doors, turning lights on and off, retrieving dropped items and many other tasks. Melissa recently moved to Oak Harbor from Oregon to join Summit’s staff as a service-dog trainer. That makes Tanner sort of an “adjunct” staff member, since he is always with her and can help other potential service dogs learn by example. Tanner is Melissa’s second Summit dog. In 2007, she was matched with Shiloh, who is now retired.
Amy & Shane
Amy was paired with Golden Retriever Shane, a therapy dog who will work with Amy in her marriage and family counseling practice. Amy says she often works with children for whom the comfort of a therapy dog can help set them at ease so they can open up and express themselves.