The Power of Friendship

The Power of Friendship

Emmie & Levi

Dr. Brenda Dew, Counseling Director at Retrieving Independence, often reminds the RI community of the elements of a good friendship. “You can be yourself and know they will not judge you.  You can confide in them and trust them with your information.  You respect them and they respect you.”

Sounds like a great friendship, right?

For so many of the individuals matched with a service dog, this is the purest form of friendship they’ve ever experienced. Sometimes feeling different from others can be incredibly isolating and lonely. And while the dogs do provide valuable service, we so often hear more about the unconditional friendship and how never being alone or judged is truly life changing.

On International Friendship Day, RI recipient Emmie wants to share a message with you about her best friend Levi…