"Jerome has a moderate intellectual disability, severe language delay, sensory processing challenges, and anxiety issues.
Dogs were a major cause of anxiety. It was getting to the point of not being able to walk down the street without it causing distress. We contacted Taloodles for advice and spent several months meeting Sue and some of her beautiful and calm Taloodles. Over this time Jerome went from cowering to cuddling with them. His progress was so good that he was able to visit friends with their dogs and help walk them. He was quite proud of himself being able to do this.
Darcy joined our family in 2015 and since then Jerome's confidence around most dogs has grown and it just keeps on growing. We have been able to go to parks and cafes where there are often many dogs and to our amazement Jerome has been relaxed and happy.
As a family we have been enjoying our daily walks with Darcy. Jerome can become quiet anxious in a busy noisy street but since Darcy is so calm and ignores all loud noises we have noticed that Jerome is less reactive and becoming calmer too. Darcy also provides many opportunities for Jerome to interact with friends in his community which is fantastic for his conversation skills. Due to his language delay, conversation with his peers can be difficult, but Darcy has proven a great conservation starter for him.
Jerome is an only child and Darcy has been become a great buddy for Jerome. He provides companionship and unconditional love. He is accepting of all Jerome's little quirks. We often hear Jerome chatting away to him or playing fetch and other games with him. Together they are becoming quite the partners in crime, both with their ‘cheeky’ personalities.
In the few weeks that we have had Darcy we have already noticed a big difference in Jerome. He is much more willing to go out and engage in play and his confidence is growing all round."