Service Dog PSA

While I wouldn’t exactly call myself a Facebook or social media junkie (at least not yet), I have to admit there have been times when I really appreciate the power of the platform. This is one of those times. I was on Facebook and came across this post: https://www.facebook.com/photo.php?fbid=10156094239527199&set=a.10150100961307199&type=3&theater

The morale of this story is simple: if a service dog approaches you without his/her person, follow the dog. They have been trained to get help when needed, so pay attention.

Personally, as a someone with disabilities and former service dog user, I have several stories of how my service dogs have helped me out of tight situations by summoning help. I use a wheelchair for mobility and my first one tipped over more times than I can count. There was one time in particular that I was going up a driveway because there was no curb cut and it tipped, trapping me under it. My dog, Sam (my boy before Max) didn’t have to go far for help. He brought a good Samaritan back who lifted the chair off me. He didn’t want me to move, in case I was seriously injured, but I felt fine, got up and went on my way.

My thanks go out to my beloved Sam as well as to the human who helped me.

If you’ve had a similar experience and want to share it, comment below.

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