The concept of a dog being a man’s best friend is not lost on Peter Clough as his dog, Jet, helps to make his life a little easier.
Peter was given his poodle cross retriever or groodle, by his son more than a year ago to act as a companion and to travel with his wife, Wendy and himself around Australia.
To help achieve this goal, the National Disability Insurance Scheme (NDIS) is providing formal training to Jet to become a fully qualified assistance dog.
Jet already helps Peter by fetching his phone and water bottle, and once he passes the temperament test and obedience test, the trio will be ready for their next big holiday together.
“My dog brings so much happiness into our lives. My wife says that Jet keeps me happy,” he said.
Peter, who has been in a wheelchair for almost 10 years following a motorbike accident, continues to benefit from the NDIS since accessing the scheme in January.
He received assistance to apply for and implement his plan from Carers Queensland’s NDIS Local Area Coordination Partner in the Community Program for the Brisbane region.
Peter’s goals for the future include being more social with family, friends and within the community.
To help with this, the NDIS provides two carers throughout the week to provide company and support Peter in and out of his home.
“I have two male carers who are both mature and great company who enjoy coming with me on outings. We do things that my wife might not be interested like sorting the tools in the workshop.
We recently went to the NASA exhibition at the museum.”
Peter also accesses an exercise physiologist to help with overall fitness and exercise to improve his health and well-being as well as an Occupational Therapist.
Peter’s wife Wendy, said the NDIS has been a lifesaver and admits to getting emotional thinking about what the scheme has already provided.
“We had no help prior to the NDIS and felt we were slipping through the cracks. Now, we live every single day and have fun,” Wendy said.