We also search out stories at times online and this is one of those cases. This story was not submitted directly to us, but is awesome nonetheless.
Due to countless donations for Orlando, a guide dog, it will be feasible for Cecil Williams to keep his dog after the dog retires in January or February. Orlando is a hero for saving his master when Cecil fainted and fell onto NYC subway tracks. Orlando jumped down to the tracks and tried to rouse Cecil by kissing him while witnesses tried slowing down the train. Orlando stayed with Cecil and they were struck but only have slight injuries.
The stories about Orlando saving Cecil drew sweeping concern as to whether he would be able to stay with Cecil when Orlando retires. Cecil’s insurance will only pay for one working dog and will not pay for Orlando as a pet. Cecil is grateful to the people who have donated into a fund that will cover Orlando’s care for the remainder of his life. Guiding Eyes for the Blind, the organization that instructed, trained and provided Orlando to Cecil, has ensured him that even after Cecil receives his new dog Orlando will continue receiving care. Orlando will always be treated as a hero.
When Cecil receives his new assistance dog he will keep Orlando as a pet, but if two dogs are too much for him to manage the family that raised Orlando as a puppy would love to have him back as a pet in his retirement. The family is delighted that Orlando has made such an important effect on Cecil’s life. If Cecil does not need all the money raised for Orlando’s care than the money will be used for other guide dogs in the organization. There has been more than $60,000 donated so far for Orlando. Isn’t that great?
After hearing about the tremendous support Cecil no longer has any apprehensions regarding Orlando’s care when he retires. Orlando is Cecil’s second guide dog and they have a close relationship. Orlando takes Cecil everywhere he needs to go throughout NYC and keeps him safe. Orlando is a wonderful guide dog and he was a hero saving Cecil’s life in NYC.
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Posted By Josh Griffith
At Petjoy, we provide therapy dog and service dog equipment on a daily basis to the handlers of these awesome canines. We also deal with many dogs that aren’t working dogs, but are wonderful household pets. One thing is for sure… people love their dogs. A lot. They often think that they will make wonderful therapy dogs simply because they do such a great job of cheering them up. However, to even consider training your dog to take to nursing homes and hospitals, you are going to have to be brutally honest about your pet. These dogs need to have very special qualities.
1. They have to be well behaved. They must be able to walk on a leash without pulling. They can not jump on people. They must respond to simple commands, even when there are many distractions and noise.
2. Therapy dogs need to be well socialized. They need to be friendly, not only with people, but other animals that may be at the hospital at the same time.
3. This sounds very simple, but therapy dogs must be comfortable being touched. This includes their ears, feet, and any other part of their body. Any dog that may even think of snapping at a person would not be a good fit.
4. Therapy dogs will have to learn to work around a ton of distractions. Hospital furniture and tools are often unfamiliar to most household dogs. There are also often loud noises and funny smells. A good dog, even if startled, will remain calm in an environment such as this.
5. Many people drop food and a good therapy dog will learn to leave it alone. A dog that is aggressive around food will not work out well in a hospital.
6. The dog needs to be kept extremely clean. A good bath and nail trim should be done prior to visiting a hospital. People do not need to be scratched by nails that are too long. Any kind of sickness, even skin irritations, should stop a pet from going to the hospital that day.
7. A good therapy dog should ride in the car well since part of the job description includes traveling to hospitals and nursing homes. If a dog vomits in the car, he will stink for the people he visits. Some dogs get too anxious in the car which will transfer to the visit.
As much as we love our pets, it takes a certain dog to make a good visitor. If your pet has all of the right qualities, it might be worth looking into. Check out the Canine Good Citizen testing site in your area. However, you must be honest with yourself. If your dog is not a perfect therapy dog, he is still your wonderful pet and that is just fine.
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Posted By Josh Griffith
As we have begun to gather numerous articles for our new Service Dog Stories section on our website, we never cease to be amazed at the details we read.
When Luke’s mom, Dorrie, submitted the story of him and Jedi, it was no different. A young Type I Diabetic, Luke has been through the ringer early and often – in short, the kid is amazing and courageous (I think he likes Star Wars too!).
Based on what I know about the situation, the pairing of Luke and Jedi was nothing less than a divine appointment for both of them. Want to see just how much impact a service dog can have on the life of a young boy like Luke? Read Luke and Jedi’s story here…
Posted By Josh Griffith