About Lisa (Kus) D'Andrea Successor Dog
"It’s the first time in 19 years I’ve been without a dog. The last 9 months without Burgess have really left me without a buffer for stress of daily life. I post this not to make anyone sad, but as a tribute to all the joy, silliness, and love dogs bring to our lives."
This was one of Lisa's recent Facebook posts. Her beloved Service Dog, BURGESS, died in February and she feels his absence every day. Living with Muscular Dystrophy has not stopped Lisa from seeking and enjoying an active and athletic lifestyle. She has done adaptive-skiing for many seasons and enjoys accessible hiking. Living in the Sierra Nevada mountain region affords her many opportunities to be out-of-doors and, until recently, always with Burgess by her side.
"What I miss most is the bond of love and affection, touching him, gazing into his sometimes silly face. Having Burgess was the reason I got out on the trails & in the wilderness - which are so therapeutic for me both physically and emotionally. Without him, I haven't been out there much at all. Since moving to Reno, Burgess & I formed many friendships. He was a link for me to engage and participate with able-bodied people in so many activities.
My six-word Bio: 'Left wheelchair, found mountaintop, skied down."'
No dog will ever replace Burgess - each relationship is one-of-a-kind. But Lisa is ready to re-engage with a new partner, a SUCCESSOR Service Dog, and resume the activities she loves.