Service Dogs Monument
All across Ontario, Canada and the world, there are Service Dogs trained to provide guidance, care and comfort to those with disabilities. Service Dogs are trained to help people who have disabilities including visual or hearing impairment, assist people who have frequent seizures, diabetes, and other medical conditions such as mental disabilities including Post Traumatic Stress Disorder and severe depression.
Service dogs can turn on lights, open doors, call for help, wake their partner and pull wheelchairs, to name a few! They can install a sense of calm with people suffering from mental health challenges, remind their partners to take medication and warn a person who is about to have a seizure.
The Beautiful Joe Heritage Society pays tribute to Service Dogs with a monument entitled "Together We Are Whole. To recognize and honour outstanding interaction between people and animals, as demonstrated by canines, trained to assist people in need."
Service dogs have an important job to do. When you see one on the street, remember they are working and the health and safety of their owner may depend on the dog's ability to remain focused. Always ask for permission before petting any dog, but especially service dogs.
To read a great story about Mr. Gibbs, a service dog to a 3 year old girl who suffers from a rare lung disease, click here.