Nancy Savstrom introduced today’s speaker Christine LaMott, Can Do Canines, and her canine assistance dog “ Lloyd”.  As the Mom of an autistic son, Christine LaMott shared how she dreaded going out in public with her family. Her son’s emotional and physical outbursts created an isolated lifestyle for the family. Matthew is a seven year old boy who has zero tolerance for frustration.
With the help of their Can-Do-Canine Autism Assistance Dog, Lloyd, Matthew and
Christine have a different reality now. Christine shared with us her journey through the
eyes of a Mom who went from never being able to go out in public with her family to sitting down at a restaurant with her family as the result of a dog.
Can Do Canines (New Hope, Minn.) is dedicated to enhancing the quality of life for people with disabilities by creating mutually beneficial partnerships with specially trained dogs.
Since 1989, Can Do Canines has provided assistance dogs to people with disabilities, free of charge. Their fully-trained dogs, often adopted from local animal shelters, are provided to clients with mobility challenges, hearing loss or deafness, seizure disorders, diabetes complicated by hypoglycemia unawareness or children with autism.
Can Do Canines is the largest provider of assistance dogs in Minnesota and relies on individual contributions to support its important work. It costs on average $25,000 to train and place an assistance dog.
If you are interested you can take a tour and “Meet the Dogs” The Tails to Tell tours are available on
  • Thursday, July 23, 11 a.m.
  • Saturday, August 22, 10 a.m.
  • Thursday, September 24, 7 p.m.
To arrange for a tour contact 763-331-3000 and for more information on Can Do Canines visit,