On Sept 13, 2008, I began my training with Emmy, a lovely Black Labrador Retriever who was a marvelous mobility assistant for me! We spent 2 weeks together with me learning how to “handle” her, then a day of total nerves on my part as we were tested for ADI certification – WE PASSED!!!
We lived together at home for nearly 6 years, then she had to retire because unremitting allergies interfered with her work. This is my record of our life together and how she changed my outlook and my entire life!!!
UPDATE July 2013: My life has changed, again. Emmy developed serious allergies that interfered with her ability to be a full-time service dog. As a result, she was “re-careered” to a pet and potential therapy dog with my youngest son. The transfer took place on June 22, 2013, and I am devastated. I’m coping with Himself’s devoted assistance, but we both have major health issues and I am reluctant to ask him for help all the time. It’s going to be a looooong year before I can anticipate getting a new service dog.
Goodbye, Emmy. I’ll visit you from time to time when I come to see L and his wife and my grandsons.
I’m awaiting a new service dog with great anticipation
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