He's the notorious D-O-G.
“Having him at school and making everyone so happy has made my disability such a positive thing for me."
If you have ever spoken with a person who uses an assistance dog, you know that these dogs change lives. Whether it's a PTSD dog helping a military person return to "regular life," or a service dog providing aid to a person lacking mobility, these dogs are capable of miracles.
As a young woman battling serious illness, with multiple hidden medical devices, I have found there is a high incident rate of unnecessary, and hurtful comments by those assuming I am not sick. After contacting a small population of disabled individuals on Instagram, it seems there are five specific stigmas that patients desperately wanted dispelled.
This alternative treatment can help soldiers truly heal.
It can be pretty exciting when we finally get to meet those we look up to, and one dog got to experience exactly that during
My colleagues were right -- often dogs that appear to be service or emotional-support animals obtained certification through accessible but illegal means, and they didn't deserve the rights and benefits allowed to legitimate service animals. In the future, I'll continue to love all the dogs I encounter at work, but I'll no longer assume the ones sporting vests deserve to wear them.
This story is aww-some.
"I wasn't sure peace and joy were ever going to be possible again."