Joanna, Devil and Angel. The dogs’ names are actually Princess (white) and Nicki (black), but the descriptions are accurate.
Joanna has generalized dystonia. It affects many parts of her body. Joanna has a feeding tube to receive nourishment/medications and a trach to help her breathe. She has difficulty using her hands, can’t speak and uses a wheelchair for transport.
Nicki was Joanna’s service dog when she lived with her parents, Janice and Len Nachbar. Approximately five years ago, after Joanna received the feeding tube and needed more care, Joanna moved to Inglis House, a nursing home in Philadelphia for younger adults with physical disabilities. Residents can’t care for dogs, so Nicki stayed with Janice and Len.
Although Nicki, Joanna and Len visited Joanna every week, Nicki was lonely. Princess was adopted to keep her company. Nicki is mild mannered and was easy to train. Princess is headstrong and tries to get her way, but she’s also sweet and loving.
Now they’re both Joanna’s babies and visit her with Grandma and Grandpa every week. Joanna loves to travel through the hallways on her wheelchair with the dogs on her lap. Many people at Inglis House, both residents and staff, know them, pet them and play with them.