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Callie's New Best Friend

Callie and her new best friend, Doodle Dandy. Naturally Posh Photography

“ Doodle Dandy has changed my life forever. ”

- Callie, wish kid

A New Best Friend Always Ready with a Helping Paw

When you meet Callie, it’s clear she has a heart of gold even though her physical heart hasn’t been as kind. Throughout her fifteen years, Callie has endured countless days in the hospital from cardiac problems which can cause multiple seizures per day. Because of these challenges, she’s forced to take extra precautions when enjoying activities kids her age love. But unlike other kids, Callie’s condition makes it tough to have independence without an added layer of security. 

Asked what she would wish for, Callie shared she wished to have a best friend and companion. A friend that would give her the confidence to step outside without fear and engage with the world around her. After months of training, Callie finally met her best friend, a service dog she named Doodle Dandy.

When Callie met her new best friend, her smiles and laughter were unstoppable. Doodle greeted her with plenty of puppy kisses and immediately, you could feel their bond forming. That was three years ago. Since then, the bond between Callie and Doodle Dandy has grown exponentially; wherever Callie goes, Doodle is always by her side.

Together, Callie and Doodle Dandy have taken on new adventures that helped build Callie’s independence and confidence. Best of all, hospital days aren’t as scary with Doodle Dandy around. 

Callie's wish was a life-changing moment and is proof that where there’s a wish, there’s a way. Every day, a child just like Callie is being referred for a wish. You can help pave the way for more wishes to come true.

  • Callie with her friends and family.

  • Callie and her new best friend, Doodle Dandy.

  • Callie's new labradoodle puppy, Doodle Dandy.

  • Callie petting Doodle Dandy.

  • Today, Doodle Dandy and Callie are inseparable.

  • Doodle Dandy is by Callie's side for every life moment, big or small!

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Callie wished for a therapy dog.

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