Albie is a dog with a difference in more ways than one.
The two-and-a-half-year old purebred labrador not only gets around in a cool set of blue wheels, he also helps his human owner at work as a therapy dog.
At seven weeks old, Albie's parents, Carly Edmunds and Sam Henley, knew something was not right.
"We found that he was starting to lose functioning in his front and back legs, and obviously we went to the vet and we got lots of testing done, and by that time unfortunately he was fully paralysed," Ms Edmunds said.
"So, it took seven weeks to find out what was going on with him and we found out he had a congenital disease call neospora, which is basically a parasite infection that was passed on through birth."
Neosporosis has been recognised in dogs, cattle, horses, and other animals, but dogs are the definitive host.
The disease is found world-wide including in North, Central, and South America, Europe, South Africa, Asia, and Oceania.
Treatment of neosporosis is usually difficult and its effectiveness can be temporary, partial, or completely ineffective.
"He [Albie] was fully paralysed. He started rehab. And he regained functioning in the front end but not the back, and he is still undergoing rehab, but will never get function of his back legs," Ms Edmunds said.
"We still have him on lots of different medications and still have to manage his health a lot. And we'll be lucky if we get another couple of years with him. But that's okay we're making it the best."
Through therapy, it was suggested to get Albie a wheelchair.
"We ended up getting one from America, it was very expensive, very hard to get it all fitted, but he's been in it ever since," Ms Edmunds said.
"But that's good because now we go for walks all the time."
"He was fully paralysed. He started rehab. And he regained functioning in the front end but not the back, and he is still undergoing rehab, but will never get function of his back legs," she said. "We still have him on lots of different medications and still have to manage his health a lot. And we'll be lucky if we get another couple of years with him. But that's okay we're making it the best."
Ms Edmunds is four years into her career as a psychologist and has found a way to take Albie to work with her.
Her area of specialty is pediatrics, and she spends a lot of time working in mainly local Catholic schools with younger children.
About six months ago, Albie underwent training to become a therapy dog.
He has been going into classrooms with Ms Edmunds and teaching the children about resilience and the idea of a growth mindset.
"So the idea of that [a growth mindset] is they can overcome challenges and build from those challenges," she said.
Albie has been a hit in the classroom.
"The kids love him. They absolutely adore him and there's so many questions," Ms Edmunds said.
"A lot of them struggle, I suppose, understanding the concept around his illness. But they've responded really well."
Albie barks back at the children and loves being around them.
The classes are running in a couple of Catholic schools, but Ms Edmunds is looking to expand the offering next year.
She said there are number of studies that show this sort of class has positive impacts.
"The idea of resilience and growth mindset can really prevent the onset of mental health issues later on in life so that's our main goal is to get out and educate the kids," she said.
In 2019, Relationships Australia found animal-assisted activities were a benefit to people's physical and emotional health.
Findings from a review of more than 66,000 articles suggested that animal assisted therapy can benefit a wide range of individuals, including children with autism, and adults with psychological disorders, including schizophrenia.
Therapy dogs have been found to reduce stress physiologically (cortisol levels) and increase attachment responses that trigger oxytocin - a hormone that increases trust in humans.
Schools have to have insurance for animals to be within the school, and parental consent before Albie is allowed to visit.
However, for more information, contact Ms Edmunds via email@example.com or contact Windsor Psychology.
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