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Harrison teen lastly meets information canine in coaching that he’s fundraising for – Agassiz Harrison Observer

A teen from Harrison Sizzling Springs who has been baking canine treats as a fundraiser to assist with the coaching prices of a service canine, lastly met the younger pet in-person.

Ryder Newhouse, 15, has been donating proceeds from the sale of his canine cookies to BC and Alberta Information Canine, particularly for a pet named Juniper, since January.

Ryder has autism and for the previous two and a half years he has baked cookies for his unofficial remedy canine, Tommy, and different pooches. However it was simply this previous Christmas that he had the thought to promote the cookies and donate to charity.

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He picked a yellow Labrador named Juniper who’s eight months outdated and is being educated by Lorna and Derek Shaw on Vancouver Island.

On June 24, Ryder met Juniper for the primary time at a espresso store in downtown Chilliwack.

Ryder Newhouse, 15, met Juniper, an eight-month-old yellow Labrador with BC and Alberta Information Canine, in downtown Chilliwack on Friday, June 24. Ryder has been elevating cash to assist pay for her coaching over the previous six months. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

“It’s sort of like a mutual admiration society,” Lorna mentioned of Ryder’s fundraising. “Ryder does rather a lot to carry consciousness to our program and I feel our canines are completely suited to assist any person like Ryder and to make an enormous distinction in an individual’s life.”

For the previous six months, Ryder has been baking up a storm each at house and at Fergie’s Doggie Delight Pet Bakery in Chilliwack making ‘Tommy’s Selection’ canine treats named after his furry companion.

They’ve been promoting like hotcakes and up to now he’s raised about $600 for Juniper’s coaching.

The entire expertise began earlier than Christmas 2021 when Ryder was welcomed into Fergie’s as a part of Agassiz Secondary College’s ‘Take Our Youngsters to Work Day’ the place he made cookies for canines on his newspaper route for Christmas. Since then, co-owner Connie MacDonald has let Ryder use her bakery a number of occasions to make the cookies for charity.

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The canines with BC and Alberta Information Canine are usually not simply to information individuals. The canines carry emotional assist and get individuals out of their home to get pleasure from life, Lorna mentioned.

The society is in search of extra pet raisers, however the Shaws admit that it’s a whole lot of work and trainers must have a whole lot of spare time on their arms.

“We’ve raised canines for fairly a number of years and we have now by no means educated our personal canines this tough,” Derek mentioned.

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Ryder’s ‘Tommy’s Selection’ canine treats might be bought at Fergie’s Doggie Delight Pet Bakery (9372 Mill St. in Chilliwack), Seaside Canine Veterinary Stroll-in Clinic (439 Lillooet Ave. in Harrison) and See Ya Later Ranch vineyard (2575 Inexperienced Lake Rd., Okanagan Falls).


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