After my car accident in July of 2011 my life was turned upside down. I had to completely learn new ways to do things that were so easy for me to do before! But I knew that there were things that I was going to need help with no matter what. Honestly I thought if I got a service dog, that meant I was giving into my situation. The last thing I wanted to do was admit that I need help. (Yes I’m hardheaded) Once I finally decided to get a service dog through Retrieving Independence, I realized it was one of the best decisions I’ve ever made! He opens doors for me, turns lights on and off (that’s his favorite), picks up everything I drop, he knows how to get help in emergency situations, and help with my muscle spasms! He’s an awesome service dog, but he’s also a companion. He’s by my side 24/7 & always knows how to cheer me up! I’ve dedicated my first blog post to Retrieving independence because I’m beyond excited for the recipients that are graduating in November! These dogs have so much to offer for people in need. I have so much respect for service dogs and highly recommended them to anyone who is in need of gaining some independence!
I would like to make a friendly reminder about how to act towards service dogs in public:
- Do not assume it’s okay to pet, whistle, or speak to the dog without the owners permission. It can be very distracting! ALWAYS acknowledge the person first.
- NEVER try to give them food or tell them commands. ( it’s a bonding thing only for service dog & their handler)
- PLEASE be aware of where they are. They do not enjoy getting stepped on!!
- If you are not a dog person, please be respectful. These dogs are like family & help so many people! Just try to see the bigger picture please (:
*By law they’re allowed to be there*
if you have any other questions about service dogs don’t hesitate to contact me! I’d love to answer any questions you may have (: