Dogs love to work, and I love examples of dogs who help people – or other animals for that matter. A story that caught my eye yesterday profiled Charlie and Lucky – a great combination. Lucky inspired Charlie with his great big Lab personality to found a charitable program that supplies service dogs for all sorts of situations. http://www.lifewithdogs.tv/2013/08/philanthropists-dog-inspires-him-to-donate-170-service-dogs-to-vets/ Another great organization that trains dogs for awesome jobs is BC Guide Dogs.
In 2007-2009 I was a puppy raiser and took a guide dog puppy into my home for 16 months until she was ready to go into specialized training.
She came everywhere with me – to work, shopping for groceries, out to restaurants – all to get her ready for her life as a working guide dog. She passed her training, and is now working on Vancouver Island. This past Christmas she came back to stay while her family travelled – it was as if she had never left (although she was better behaved!) She even came back to choir with me. It was time consuming, and it took a lot of patience, plus I had to give her up to go do her job, but was it worth it? Absolutely! There is one more happy working dog in the world, a person who needs her services has greater mobility and independence because of her, and my children and I are immeasurably enriched by the time she spent with us.