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Grant and Joey

Grant resides in Bellevue, Washington with his service dog, Joey, who helps him enjoy his active lifestyle. Grant grew up in Alaska, and when he was a teenager, he worked in a sport-fishing lodge in the summers and skied in the winters. In 1979, he was injured in a motorcycle crash and became paralyzed. In 1980, he moved to Seattle and has participated in many sports including skiing, tennis, swimming and wheeling. A broken arm in 1985 necessitated the need for mobility assistance. A service dog provided that assistance. He is now matched with his fourth dog, Joey, a cheerful Golden Retriever. Joey retrieves many items for Grant, and pulls his manual wheelchair fast when Grant needs to get somewhere in a hurry, and sometimes just for fun! Grant currently works with the consulting agency Boundless Choice, equipping recreational agencies to fully include people with disabilities into their services. Grant likes exploring Washington State Parks and trails, and Joey gets him where he wants to go. Joey was donated by the SSP Animal Shelter in Bellingham, Washington.