Child with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder draws pic of his service dog

By | FASD Assistance, Service Dog Stories

When a baby is exposed to alcohol while in their mother’s womb, they may be born with Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD).

Similar to the Autism Spectrum, FASDs range from mild to severe in their impact on an individual and family’s life.

The effects may include physical, mental, behavioral, and or learning disabilities. 90% of fetal alcohol affected kids look just like your neighbor’s. Until you spend time with them.

Iyal Winokur welcomed Chancer into his family in 2008. Chancer has the honor of being the world’s first FASD service dog.

Chancer’s presence defines Iyal’s space in public in a very unique way. In a sense, Chancer legitimizes Iyal’s invisible disability.

The dog validates the child’s experience—even if it appears like willful disobedience to others. Chancer functions as Iyal’s ambassador to the world paving a path for communication and acceptance. That is why, it seemed crucial that the story, Nuzzle – Love Between a Boy and His Service Dog, unfold through Chancer’s voice. Iyal’s mom, Donnie Kanter Winokur, interprets the world to Iyal and Iyal to the world.

Clifford saves Alex’s life

By | FASD Assistance, Mobility Assistance, Multipurpose Assistance

“Clifford saved Alex’s life last night,” says Alex’s mother. “Earlier, we went to bed really tired, and were sleeping soundly when Alex got up and opened the back door. We didn’t hear the alarm. That’s when Clifford acted. He came into our bedroom and jumped into our bed licking my husband’s face then licking my face back and forth until he woke us up.

“When I woke up I heard the alarm. Clifford took off running and led me to the back door where Alex was. I took Alex back to his room and Clifford jumped up into bed with Alex and laid over him without being told to and this was around 4:20 a.m.

My husband and I went back to bed after dealing with the alarm company. When we got up at 7, Clifford was still laying on Alex. 

“How can you thank a service dog for saving your son from being outside at 4 in the morning and it’s 27 degrees? And we just got Clifford in January! 

“God Bless 4 Paws for putting Alex and Clifford together.”

February 24, 2012.