the many ways service dogs make a difference

 
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“After adding J.J. as a member of our family, the whole dynamics have changed.  Lucien is more focused on everyday tasks, and going out in public is now a child’s roller coaster event instead of the double loops with an inverted corkscrew that we used to endure. J.J. has brought so much to our

Dogs are not judgmental.  They don’t care if you’re fat or skinny or “different”.  They just hand out love enthusiastically and unconditionally.

“Duffy and I have an amazing bond.  Even when he appears to be sound asleep, he keeps track of me and is vigilant if something is “going on”. He was with me at the dentist office while I was having my teeth cleaned.  The hygienist inadvertently poked me and it hurt, but I didn’t say anything.  Duffy was sound sleep in the corner but he immediately came and gently stood between us.  The hygienist was confused because as she said, she had never seem him get up while she was working on me.  But I knew why he got up!”


“Another time, Duff was asleep by the wall of the pool where I swim everyday. Every now and then while swimming, I glance at him to make sure he’s okay.  One particular day I looked up and he was standing up, still by the wall, but staring intently at me.  I motioned for him to lie back down which he did rather reluctantly.  I finished my swim and headed to the shower.  About halfway through I realized I had an intestinal virus and was quite sick.  He somehow knew before I did... Dogs are amazing!”      - Cathy

family that sometimes we wonder how we did it before. Both Lucien and J.J. have grown and changed since being together.  One fun way they have changed is that J.J. never was a “kisser” and that was fine because Lucien didn’t like to be licked.  But recently I witnessed J.J. licking his hand for a long time with Lucien having a huge smile on his face for the duration.  I don’t think I’ve ever seen him smile for that long.  One huge blessing is that Lucien is sleeping through the night for the first time in his life.  They have a bond that continues to grow and we are lucky enough to see it happen.”   - Rebekah - Lucien’s mom

LUCIEN - SEVEN YEAR OLD WITH ASD

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HOW THEY FEEL ASLEEP ON FIRST NIGHT

BRUCE - VIETNAM ERA MARINE - PTSD

ROSIE THE LAP DOG

BRUCE & ROSIE BONDING THROUGH PLAY

“Rosie is making a big difference in Bruce's quality of life. Many of the changes are subtle, but significant. One of the most notable is his ability to relax in church and actually "interact" with the sermon and the people around him. Also, he is attending couples Bible study for the first time in our marriage.”

“When we are shopping, he responds with more enthusiasm to the other shoppers and loves telling them about how smart Rosie is and what she can do. He actually smiles when he is communicating with inquisitive people, rather then thinking about how he can break away from the conversation!”


“At home, his daily life has taken on so much more meaning. He now has Rosie

to care for, train and play with, which pulls him out of being focused on himself. He takes the responsibility very seriously and loves the routine.”


“And finally, Rosie has helped to "soften" him. He is kinder and happier in our relationship and we now have a very special bond between us - our beautiful and loving Rosie girl!”


“Thank you, Loving Angel Service Dogs for changing our lives!”

                                                                   - Diane (Bruce’s Wife)