Lena — Service
From Shelter to Helper: Lena was found as a stray puppy and adopted from Gulf Coast Doberman Rescue. At the young age of 7mths, she immediately demonstrated her unique ability to alert to my seizures prior to them happening. In 2018, I was hospitalized over 18 times for seizures, several times I was intubated and on life support. Many times, Lena has alerted staff at the hospital when I’m having a seizure by going out of the room to get help or barking- she has saved my life numerous times because of this. She is a hospital favorite and has stolen the hearts of many nurses and doctors. She never complains about her job and is always willing to lend a helping paw. Lena and her handler, Hannah, help teach other SDiT’s and handlers through Working Animal Guide Society of Louisiana, a non-profit organization for owner trainers. Lena is a model service dog, providing tasks that help her handler not only with her seizure disorder, but CPTSD, by helping her ground, retrieve medications, deep pressure therapy, block & cover, seizure alert & response, mobility & bracing, just to name a few. While Lena is always on alert for her handler, in her “free time” she enjoys visiting kids at St. Jude Hospital through Tiger HATS & Pet Partners, AKC obedience, agility, trail rides with the horses, swimming in the lake, & snuggles on the couch. Lena is an exceptional dog who deserves recognition for her versatility but especially for service dog work. There will never be another dog like her!