Service dogs do some of the most important jobs out there.
When we need it most, these dogs are there to comfort us, to guide us, and to love us unconditionally. Service dogs often have jobs that last 24/7, and they never skip a beat. They take on our emotional burdens as their own and console us in our moments of vulnerability.
Ranger has been a service dog for essentially his entire life. Now that he is 8 years old, he’s a total pro. The gray hairs on his chin started to appear when he was less than 2 years old, which tells you that this job is no joke.
Currently, Ranger works as a domestic violence therapy dog to comfort victims of domestic abuse. When these folks come into the police station to speak their truths about what tragedy has happened to them, Ranger is there to comfort them. It’s not easy to recall these situations, as it’s almost like reliving them. But in order for justice to be served, these stories must be told firsthand.
Stacie Burke, the outreach advocate for 360 Communities where Ranger works, says that in addition, the emotional state of her employees since Ranger started is so much better than before. Ranger even goes to court with the clients and sits at their feet while they testify, to provide that anchor of comfort.
Do you think that having a service dog in situations like this is a good idea? Where else do you think service dogs would benefit folks?
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