It’s actually quite surprising how often I hear “does your service dog ever get to have fun?”… common sense would dictate that of course he does, but apparently his serious working demeanor (wiggly tail aside) leads people to believe that he doesn’t get to be a dog.
I assure you, this dog has more toys than any one dog needs, 3 beds in a one-bedroom apartment (not including the couch and person-bed!) and a ridiculous amount of attention and spoiling. Of course he deserves it all (and more!)
Dog parks are a no go for my particular situation, so getting to go to the humongous Gittinger Park after a chapter planning meeting in Santa Rosa yesterday was a treat. He only ran around for about 5 to 10 minutes, but it was a very happy run with some of his assistance dog and breeder friends.
I love the tag line for International Assistance Dog Week. Because there is a dog for lots of different “thats” – some that we think about a lot (guide dogs, to some extent service dogs), and many that we don’t (hearing dogs, seizure response, diabetes/blood sugar alert, PTSD…).
It’s important for me to look outside of my little Lab mobility service dog bubble and see the variety and talent of amazing assistance dogs who do incredible and different tasks to help mitigate a variety of disabling conditions.
For more information on International Assistance Dog Week, check out assistancedogweek.org.