Logan Tobias Hester — Service
Logan has been a life saver, quite literally. In 2011 I suffered from a brain injury and when we realized the severity of my injury, it was suggested that I get a service dog. I did not have the funds to go through a program and I was not yet capable of training my own, I was 16. I spent the next six years researching with the hope of successfully owner training a dog to fit my needs. I finally came to a point where I felt ready to make the commitment. I adopted Logan from a rescue in April of 2017. While I primarily trained Logan, I did have some professional help. Logan has come so far. When I first rescued him he could not heal on a leash, but was so eager to please and work for me that I knew he could make it as a service dog. As time went on he became a natural. It did not take long for him to learn his tasks and he has passed his CGC.
Because of Logan, I have been able to get off of my daily medications and quarterly injection treatments because he can catch my migraines within enough time that an onset medication works. Due to the nature of my injury, I was told that I would never make anything of my life and that I would never be able to graduate from high school, let alone go to college. However, with the help of Logan, I am now working on a master’s degree with hopes to pursue a Ph.D in 2020. Logan is my hero, but he also inspires other disabled students to realize that they have potential and are capable of great things. You just need the right support.