#servicedog

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 8)

IMG_0077

“We met neighbors we never spoke with before and our children now know every dog on the block.

Scout taught me to take life a little less seriously.

I appreciate the simplicity of play.”

Scout, the Labrador Retriever that brought joy to a family (part 7)

IMG_8558

“After having four kids, with one already out the door, getting Scout is like having a new two year old.

She has added a new layer to our nuclear family.

We have met new people and made new friends through having Scout.

She has introduced us to an entire subculture.”

Leroy, the Maltipoo (Maltese/Poodle Mix), (part 5)

IMG_3330

“Leroy becomes even more affectionate when we are upset.

Usually, he gives affection on his terms, but when he senses a change in our mood or behavior he is very responsive.

He worries about us.

He adds to the happiness in our house.

It’s full of love.

No matter what is going on, I want to come home and see him.”

Leroy, the Maltipoo (Maltese/Poodle Mix), (part 4)

IMG_3313

“We’ve had a lot of losses.

Their have been deaths in our families, and friends, too.

Leroy has been there for us.

He gives us snuggles and love and I really believe he knows when we are sad or sick.

He instantly calms down and curls up on our lap or chest.”

Leroy, the Maltipoo (Maltese/Poodle Mix), (part 3)

IMG_3307

“A month or so later she contacted us and sent us a photo of a puppy.

We knew that we had to have him and that his name had to be Leroy.

She asked if we wanted him and 10 weeks later we brought him home.

Since having Leroy,it’s been a rough year.”

Leroy, the Maltipoo (Maltese/Poodle Mix), (part 2)

IMG_3303

“Once I felt sure that they were good breeders, I sent them an email and she told us that she would let us know when she had a puppy that would meet our needs.

We were looking for a specific size and temperament.

We decided that we wanted to train our future dog to be a therapy dog.

We want to volunteer with kids and wanted the right dog for the job.”

Kiwi, the Chihapoo – Chihuahua/Poodle Mix (she said, part 2)

IMG_1998

“To get past the no dog rule, I got a letter from a therapist saying, I needed her for emotional support, which I did,

I didn’t hear for a few days, but when I followed up, they told me to come and pick her up.

I left work and picked her up an hour later.

It was a foster to adopt process and I had a week to decide if I wanted to keep her.

I had a few roommates, so they had to get to know her and approve.

My boyfriend was visiting, and he had to approve, too.”