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Rancho Luna Lobos
Fernando and Dana Ramirez operate Rancho Luna Lobos, a dog rescue and rehabilitation located in Park City, UT. They are also a non-profit, called Sledding for Hope. Fernando races professionally, and is currently 12th in the world with his team. Everything is done with the love of the dogs as a priority - they are dogs first, and sled dogs second.
Fernando and Dana are dog listeners, rather than dog whisperers; they believe every dog has a voice, and they help them find that voice. The couple use dog sledding as therapy for dogs, but if a dog prefers to hang out on the ranch, or become a family dog, they help them fulfil that purpose.
- Fernando Ramirez
Fiona Airey, from Kent, was diagnosed with a genetic condition, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, when she was in her 30s. She became less independent due to her condition, no longer able to leave the house without someone with her to help her feel safe.
Life for the Fiona blossomed when she was partnered with assistance dog Verlin, provided by national assistance dog charity Canine Partners, in September 2014. For Fiona, having Verlin means she has been able to be a successful deputy Head Teacher and she has just accepted her new role as a Head Teacher at another primary school.
- Fiona Airey