service-dog-spirit.jpgJennifer Francis credits her steadfast four-legged companion with saving her life: her mental health assistance dog, Spirit.

She and Spirit are proof that the burden of mental illness can be made lighter with the help of a specially trained service dog.

Spirit is not just any working dog. Trained by Hamilton-based Encouraging Paws Service Dogs (, she knows more than 50 commands that help keep Francis safe.

(Read more in the Toronto Star)

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