People with disabilities sometimes only focus on medicine, equipment, and therapy sessions. What they don’t know is that some disabilities can be addressed by having an assistance dog around. Unfortunately, these puppers aren’t easy to get and they aren’t cheap but there are organizations that can train your pet pooch to become a certified assistance doggo.
That’s exactly what Ruth Spurr did when she was diagnosed with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS). Spurr’s condition affects her bones, joints, and her internal organs. This makes daily tasks like getting out of bed and getting dressed pretty difficult for her.
Spurr shared that she doesn’t want to be a burden to her mom, so she wanted an assistance dog. Fortunately, she found out about Dog Assistance In Disability, a charitable organization that trains regular pups to become assistance doggos.
Spurr’s pet pooch Willow, is her obvious candidate, despite her family doubting the pup’s abilities. The dog mom shared that when she met Willow she was the last available doggo from her litter. That’s why she believes the fur baby was destined to be with her.
Sure enough, Willow had been effective in helping Spurr regain her independence. The pooch helps her with simple tasks like opening doors, picking up things, and even getting dressed. Back in July of 2020, Willow saved her dog mom’s life when Spurr fainted in the kitchen. The dog mom spilled boiling water all over her leg as she lost consciousness and she needed immediate medical treatment.
Willow was only three days into her training at that time, and she wasn’t even taught how to fetch Spurr’s phone yet. But the heroic pooch grabbed her mom’s phone and placed it on her chest. This allowed Spurr to call emergency services right away after she regained consciousness.
We hope that Willow’s story will inspire more disabled people to get an assistance doggo because these pups can truly make a difference. Check out Spurr’s interview in the clip below.
Credits: Caters Clips