Welcome to Northern Indiana Service Dogs
Hi – I’m Drifter and I have been with Northern Indiana Service Dogs for 3.5 years. I have one of the most important jobs with NISD. My job is to work with the young children who are interested in getting a service dog. I let them walk me around and listen to all their commands. I stay nice and calm and let them love over me, making sure that my large golden retriever body doesn’t scare them.
My name is McKenna Grossman and I have been working for Northern Indiana Service Dogs since April 2018. I was excited to become part of the team because I have a passion for animals and helping people. I couldn’t think of a better way to do both than to help train service dogs! My daughter, Emmalie, and I have made this something we do together. We enjoy going to the dog outings with the rest of the NISD trainers.
Breezy Slonaker has always had a love for animals her entire life. She first started dog training in 2012 with her dog that she received as a puppy. From that moment forward she has always loved working with dogs and animals. She finds great passion when working with dogs and her favorite part of training is when the dog finally catches on how to do the command.
My name is Emmalie Grossman. When my mom, McKenna, started training for Northern Indiana Service Dogs I started going with her to all the outings. I love all animals and I am very involved with our local 4-H showing livestock. Being allowed to help with NISD allows me to use my love for dogs to help others.
My name is Kaylynn Curley and I have been training with Northern Indiana Service Dogs for six years. I am beyond thankful that six years ago I was given this amazing opportunity to train service dogs. I love training service dogs, because I know that with every dog I either help to train or train, that I am changing someone’s life in a positive way. Sometimes when you train dogs, you form a bond with them and when it comes time to place them it can be difficult. When this happens I tend to remind myself that these people need the dogs more than I ever will, and that helps for the process to go smoother. Over the years I have come to realize that training service dogs is my passion and I hope that I will be able to train them forever.
I can’t imagine a time in my life where I didn’t have a dog or two. Growing up, my dogs where my best friends and together, we had so much fun learning about one other. I knew, even at a young age, that dog training was something that I wanted to do. It was during my 10 years of 4-H, that I discovered my passion. I wanted to train dogs for people who had special needs. When I told my parents, that I knew what I want to do after graduation, my mother’s response was to pray about it and if it is meant to be, it will happen. That August of 1994, I moved to Georgia, and there I found my passion – a facility that trains service dogs! I will never forget the day, I was 20 years old, giving someone who I admired greatly, a note thanking her for what she does and for giving me the opportunity to fulfill my passion for life; and that one day, I will be training service dogs back home, in Indiana. I worked for a company in Georgia for 10 years before starting Northern Indiana Service Dogs. Northern Indiana Service Dogs is celebrating its 14th year this year. I am so blessed to have such amazing supporters and a brilliant training team. We have blessed so many wonderful clients with our remarkable dogs. Northern Indiana Service Dogs is truly a family! With every service dog that we place, you take a piece of our heart with you. This is why I train service dogs – to bring joy and happiness to your life and to make your world a better place!