That dream became a reality in early 2006 when Hadley was paired with Eva, a lovely, mellow black Labrador/Golden Retriever cross. Since then both Dan and Ed McCullough have had the pleasure of flying Hadley, Pamela, and Eva on Angel Flight missions. Before Eva’s first flight, Dan was concerned about the noise level of his Cessna 182, so he ordered a set of "Mutt Muffs" (a dog ear-protection headset). Each time that Eva has been on a flight, Dan has removed the right front seat of the airplane so that she could ride comfortably on the floor next to him. This has given new meaning to the expression “Dog is my Co-pilot”.
Pamela says that Eva is a wonderful motivator for Hadley to push herself during therapies. Hadley’s anxiety level about medical appointments has dropped and when she isn’t feeling well, having Eva by her side is a comfort. Hadley is happy to now be “the girl with the dog” rather than “the girl in the wheelchair”.
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