ZANE AND ROLO
A PHYSICALLY DISABLED MAN AND HIS BEST FRIEND
Sponsored by Vondi’s Holistic Pet Nutrition
At the age of 27 Zane Conroy was rendered a quadriplegic after breaking his neck in a freak accident. In 2012 and he applied for service dog, but with little hope that his pray will come true. Three weeks ago, the South African Guide Dog Association, delivered Rolo, a beautiful chocolate brown Labrador as a companion and guide. “I’m not sure my words will adequately describe what joy Rolo has already brought to my life. Although our house has already been made a home, this guy has really completed the “picket fenced picture”.
Here is Zane’s story – a tearful story but one with great inspiration. This is a story of human strength and dedication, where man and dog unite as forever companions. Given Zane’s limited means, it is Vondis absolute pleasure to sponsor Rolo’s dietary needs.
“At the age of 27, I was rendered a quadriplegic on the 26th of January 2010. I was living in Sydney, Australia at the time and during a picnic by the water with some mates, it all took a turn for the worst at around 8 o’clock that evening. We were sitting on a little ledge and as I thought the tide had come in, I chose to flop head first into the water. Being way too shallow, I hit my head on the beach sand and instantly paralyzed myself by breaking my neck and severely injuring my spinal cord. You won’t believe but as devastating as these injuries are, they happen everyday worldwide.
So as you can imagine, life took a 180 degree turn for me and huge changes had to made to accommodate my new and unfortunately, disabled body. I completed my hospital at an amazing hospital in Sydney and a six month period at an equally competent rehabilitation centre. In fact it was at the rehab centre that I was first introduced to a service dog. One of the women there who had been in a wheelchair for 10 years had a beautiful black “Labby”.
I returned to South Africa in September 2011. I wasn’t a permanent resident in Australia so my stay there was always temporary. Coming home was a great choice as I have the freedom and luxury of a spacious beautiful home where I live with my mom who has also been an Angel to me. A protector and provider like no other.
It was in 2012 that I applied for a service dog and as the years went by I really didn’t think much of it, nor that anything would eventuate from it. However, that completely changed when I got the phone call from the South African Guide Dog Association to say that Rolo is available and if I am still interested. I must admit, I had adapted so well with my new life setting that I hesitated a bit when I first thought about getting a dog again. However after talking with my mom about it and the fact she was also on board 100%, I grabbed the opportunity with both hands.
Boy am I not sorry about that choice! Ever since this chocolate slab of a dog – Rolo – came to my home on Sunday 25 July 2015, I have had my whole life transformed once again – but this time for the much much better.
Even in this short period this furry four legged guy has climbed into the hearts of the entire household. My mom and the caregivers absolutely love him.
As for me… I’m not sure my words will adequately describe what joy Rolo has already brought to my life. Although our house has already been made a home, this guy has really completed the “picket fenced picture”. The sheer enthusiasm he has when I simply roll out the door, to just be involved and apart of what I’m doing is really something quite incredible. I assure you, watching me breath in the good air of the amazing day isn’t all that exciting! However, Rolo is there. He’s by my side wherever I go. I never truly understood the meaning of companionship until I met this guy. I’ve been battling on for the last five and a bit years with my injury, and one often thinks that “something’s gotta give” – as in “what good has come from this?” Well I can say with certainty that if ever there is any good that has come out of my situation, Rolo definitely makes that a possibility. He’s such a character too – he has made me laugh out sounds from my voice box that I never knew existed.
It’s true what they say, “A dog is a mans best friend” – Rolo is living proof of that now. I look forward to providing a comfortable and amazing life for him, it gives me a sense of purpose too. The Vondis food and idea behind it, will no doubt assist me in making this life possible for him.”