Sydnee Geril couldn’t imagine life without Tulsa, her service dog, by her side. Through thick and thin, Tulsa proved to be much more than a service dog, but also her best friend.
Sydnee meets Tulsa
Sydnee, a 25-year-old woman from Ocala, Florida, was diagnosed with Ewing’s sarcoma, a rare type of bone cancer in 2017. She went through nine months of treatment. After this, Sydnee went into remission.
While Sydnee battled cancer, she found so much joy when therapy dogs came over to visit at the hospital. She thought about getting a therapy dog of her own, and that’s when Tulsa came into the picture.
Tulsa is a great pup. She kept Sydnee company and gave her the motivation to go on with life. Sydnee and Tulsa formed a unique and tight bond with each other.
Unfortunately, Sydnee learned that her cancer has returned eight months later. Sydnee decided to train Tulsa to become her personal service dog, which requires more time commitment. Service dogs typically need around two years of training to fully deliver personalized service to their owners.
Tulsa learned essential skills that help Sydnee live a better life. When Tulsa is about to faint, Tulsa gives her the paw as a signal. It means Sydnee has around 10 to 30 minutes to react. Sydnee says Tulsa has given her back much of her freedom.
Tulsa’s special suit
Now that Sydnee needs to have another round of chemotherapy treatment, she’s faced with another dilemma: how can she bring Tulsa during her treatments at the cancer center during this pandemic? She fears of contracting the virus through the dog’s fur. Although experts say there’s no evidence of the coronavirus clinging onto animal fur, Sydnee didn’t want to risk it.
So, Sydnee had to attend her chemotherapy sessions without Tulsa by her side. She also needed to use a wheelchair as she tends to faint, especially when she sees needles. All those months of treatment without Tulsa’s presence left Sydnee feeling more and more depressed.
And then she discovered a special doggie suit that Tulsa can wear to cover her body while at the cancer center. This special suit was designed to prevent shedding, but it works well in covering Tulsa’s body. All that Sydnee has to do is wipe Tulsa’s head and face and then wash the special suit separately.
Sydnee is so much happier now that she can be Tulsa all the time, thanks to this special suit. Although Tulsa needed some time to adjust to her new work outfit, she still happily wore it because she can’t bear being away from her mom as well. Good job, Tulsa!
Thanks to servicedogtulsa