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Backstory: I have a wonderful 5 yr old pitbull/corgi/black lab/boxer mix (humane society homeless puppy from hurricane katrina who is now beyond spoiled), who is a trained and certified therapy dog. Ike (the dog) already goes to work w/ me each day as I counsel kids who are in state care, and are open abuse/neglect cases.
Question: Has anyone, or does anyone use an assistance animal for help with their pain or "issues"? I have balance issues, depression and pain mgmt. problems - and Ike has taken it upon himself to be my angel.
On the days when Im in worse pain than usual, and/or have balance issues - he takes it upon himself to walk right up against my side (as it helps steady me and I can lean on him if I feel like I may fall). Ive also noticed that hes a big help on those days when I feel down, and sorry for myself. Being a therapy dog, hes so used to being affectionate with anyone who is upset - and hes overly so with me. He knows when Im feeling down, and will bring me one of his fav. toys, or just stay by my side for comfort. So, I guess Im asking - if you do use an assistance animal - was it difficult to get your team of dcos on board with this idea? Or to even get the animal certified as necessary?