Canine cognitive disorder threats Canadian boys assisted living companion.
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Canine cognitive disorder closely resembles dementia but in our doggy companions. But for Cole Hein, an eleven year old Canadian boy it could mean not only losing his close friend, Bingo the Jack Russell, but also his life line.
Cole suffers from a medical disorder that will without warning and at anytime of the day or night, causes him to stop breathing. The National Service Dogs association of Canada, an organisation similar to our Guide Dogs of Australia was able to train Bingo to warn Cole’s family when he stopped breathing.
Unfortunately Bingo is now 14 years of age and has been recently diagnosed with canine cognitive disorder. To honour Bingo’s service and companion ship Cole has organised a “lick-it-list” (comparable to a “Bucket List”). The list includes outdoor outings to their favourite spots, a photo shoot of the two companions, and walks around the block. The top point on the list is to provide Bingo with dog treats from around the world.
Following the news Bingo has received well wishes, support and importantly, dog treats from all corners of the globe. Coles mum, Mandi has asked that no money be sent but that anyone wishing to make a dog treat donation can send it to;
Cole Hein/Bingo Hein
(Please see NOTE below)
Any dog treats in excess of Bingo’s needs are to be donated to the local dog shelter.
NOTE – since the publication of the article Bingo’s conditions has deteriorated and Cole’s mother Mandi thanked everyone for the support but wished now to spend their time with Bingo.
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