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"What can a 90-lb lovable golden retriever do to help a child with fetal alcohol spectrum disorders (FASD)?" Not only can he calm the storms of FASD, he can get the woof out to the world about something people don't want to talk about."

Featured in New York Times as "Wonder Dog"

Chancer’s presence defines Iyal’s space in public
in a very unique way. In a sense, Chancer legitimizes Iyal’s invisible disability.

The dog validates the child’s experience—even if it appears like willful disobedience to others. Chancer functions as Iyal’s ambassador to the world paving a path for communication and acceptance. That is why, it seemed crucial that the story, Nuzzle - Love Between a Boy and His Service Dog, unfold through Chancer’s voice. As Iyal’s mom, I interpret the world to Iyal and Iyal to the world.

Chancer helps Iyal navigate the environment and levels the playing field. Chancer is such a magnet, kids and adults are unabashedly drawn to him and that allows Iyal a chance for social interaction and the possibility of friendship.

Photography by Bill Simmons

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