Clinton boy's new best friend will make his life easier and safer

1:47 PM, May 22, 2013   |    comments
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A Clinton student in need of a service dog will soon get one of his very own.

Wednesday, Milk Bone and Sam's Club announced they will sponsor a service dog through Canine Assistants for 6th grader Connor Murphy.

Connor has spinal muscular atrophy and has difficulty performing many everyday tasks.

The family started applying for the dog when Connor was in fourth grade.

His mother said now that they have a sponsor to pay for the dog and its needs, they will wait on a dog which could come within the year and it will be a huge help with small tasks.

"Just simple things like picking something up off the floor, opening a door, turning a light on where I don't have to be with him every second to do the simple things but the main thing is he doesn't swallow so when his head falls back he is unable to lift it up,
said Connor's mom, Lisa Murphy.

Canine Assistants is a non-profit group that trains service dogs and the Milk Bone brand gives a portion of every dog snack purchase to the group.

When they find the match for Connor, he and the dog will go to a two week camp to bond and train together.

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