Before Sage, Zach had trouble at school and could hardly fall asleep at night. This thirteen-year-old boy suffers with Autism. Sage is a Golden Retriever, rescued from a shelter and custom trained by Zach himself to be a service dog and a special companion; a companion who would quickly change his life and lift him from his fears and struggles.
These days, Zachâ€™s mom watches in awe as Zach talks more freely with people, telling them all about Sage.
â€œSince Sage arrived, weâ€™ve seen an improvement in Zachâ€™s social skills; heâ€™s making more eye contact, remembering a few more names, and even initiating some conversation!â€ said Rhonda Urbach, Zach’s mother.
In addition to giving Zach the boost he needed to blend with people of all ages for the first time, Zachâ€™s mom says Sage is just the warm and gentle calming force Zach desperately needs to help calm his extreme anxieties and help him unwind after a day at school. Sheâ€™s seen how Sage has helped open up a new world for Zach. His love and pride for his very special dog is helping Zach live a better life every day.
To honor Zach and Sageâ€™s special relationship and to emphasize the significance of the animal-human bond they share, Dog Lovers Wine Club ( www.DogLoversWineClub.com ) will feature Zach and Sage on their â€œDog of The Monthâ€ November Label.
Each month, the boutique California winery selects a special dog from stories and photos submitted by wine and dog enthusiasts across the United States. The bottles feature an inspirational real-life story and a custom illustration of a dog on wine labels shipped out to Dog Lovers Wine Club members all over the country. Every club membership supports animal shelters, rescue, therapy and service organizations throughout the United States. There are over thirty different non-profit animal shelters and rescue organizations that can benefit from each wine club membership.