Rookie — Service

Sponsor: Lulu’s Fund
Location: Southbridge, Massachusetts

Rookie started out as a Obedience competition prospect, and when I was diagnosed with MS, I trained with a Private Service Dog organization called Hearts unleashed. He has helped me several times after bad falls, trying to find someone to help me, and staying by my side during ER runs and more. I live alone, so it makes my family feel better knowing he is with me. He also will refuse a command if I am in danger or he knows I need his help. He has even refused to eat if I am getting ready to go, he doesn’t want to not be with me. He also has helped me when my husband abandoned me 4 years ago, he helped me emotionally by pressing his head on my chest when I was upset, helping me feel better, assisting me whenever I needed him. Some of these things you can not teach. Most are trained, but the rest he does out of love. I am blessed to have him by my side and in my heart.

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