The Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities, a Winsted based not for profit, paired eight service dogs with eight clients at its April 25 graduation.

At the conclusion of the two-week period, which began on April 11 and concluded with graduation on April 25, eight clients, ranging in age from five to 49 years, and eight Service Dogs will have been paired. The class of eight included four children with Autism, a Veteran with PTSD, and three clients with a genetic disability.

A Shelton family is among those attending Team Training: Michael Lupton has accompanied his son, Tristan Lupton, 5, as Tristan bonds with Service Dog Tomme de Savoie, aka Tomm. They are graduates of ECAD’s Canine Magic Program, designed specifically for children with Autism. Service Dog Tomm will keep Tristan safe, preventing him from bolding, bring a sense of calm to the child, and help him to socialize.