dogs and the disabled

NinapearlJune 20, 2010

had a friend visit last night, brought her 22 year old disabled daughter with her. normally, christy is in a wheelchair but she was carried in by her brother and sat on the couch while they were here.

this is how bentley spent the better part of 2 hours...

christy has been here before and is always in her chair. pea took a shine to her right away and always lays next to her chair and rests his head on her feet, licks her toes. she giggles the whole time.

bentley sort of took it to a whole other level though. when i put food out for the dogs' supper, he didn't want to leave her lap. this guy SKIPPED a meal to stay with his new friend!

dogs just seem to *know* special people. i'm so proud of him. :)

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homebodymom

what an angel!

    Bookmark   June 20, 2010 at 7:08PM
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christine1950

WOW, what a picture, I think you just found a job for Bentley.
Christy sure is enjoying him.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2010 at 7:48PM
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weed30

That is incredibly wonderful and sweet. Thanks for posting.

    Bookmark   June 20, 2010 at 11:44PM
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mazer415

Dog pays it forward....nice

    Bookmark   June 20, 2010 at 11:48PM
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cal_dreamer

Looks like they both were having a great time!

    Bookmark   June 21, 2010 at 1:22AM
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Bumblebeez SC Zone 7

What a sweet picture and he is so cuddly. I hope he still got his dinner!

    Bookmark   June 21, 2010 at 9:06AM
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Elly_NJ

Bentley has a real skill. He should be a therapy dog.

Canine Companions for Independence provides trained assistance dogs free to people with disabilities other than sight.

Here is a link that might be useful: CCI

    Bookmark   June 21, 2010 at 9:07AM
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Ninapearl

he really does seem to have an exceptional disposition and i think he'd be a great therapy dog. problem is, i've looked high and low and the only therapy organization i can find is in chicago which is much too far for us to go. drat!

    Bookmark   June 21, 2010 at 11:23AM
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pamghatten

Awww .. great story and great picture. You found another really wonderful dog!

    Bookmark   June 21, 2010 at 12:22PM
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Ninapearl

thanks, everyone. he's perfect in every way. i guess that's why i can't bring myself to tell him no when he climbs up on the forbidden loveseat! LOL

    Bookmark   June 21, 2010 at 4:10PM
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murraysmom Zone 6 OH

Time to throw a sheet on it!! :)

    Bookmark   June 21, 2010 at 7:48PM
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lily316

He is just so sweet. And lucky to have you.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2010 at 2:18AM
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christine1950

How could you say no to that face,I agree with murraysmom, throw a sheet on it :>)

    Bookmark   June 22, 2010 at 9:30AM
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calliope

When my mother got up into her late eighties/early nineties her physician would suggest on every visit we 'get rid of' her little bichon because the dog might trip her. My Mama was nearly deaf and she sat there smiling until I told her later what he said and she almost drop him on the spot. Finally I confronted him. That dog is her ears and lets her know when someone is at the front door or anywhere else on her property. That dog is her companion, who makes her days less lonely. That dog forces her to be outward oriented and get exercise as she feeds her and lets her out and brushes her. That dog is her friend and helps give her life quality. Fat chance.

Daisy knew her mistress was disabled. She stayed clear of her walker and feet at all times. Nobody told Daisy to do that. She just knew. She also knew when it was appropriate to hop in her lap and snuggle up. Dogs and cats and horses appreciate what we can do, and are not particularly interested in what we can't.

    Bookmark   June 22, 2010 at 11:19PM
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Ninapearl

sounds to me like that doctor flunked bedside manners 101!! it's a well known fact that our pets keep our blood pressure in check. living alone now, with no plans to add any humans to my household, i can't imagine how lonely it would be without my dogs.

daisy sounds like a great little dog!

    Bookmark   June 23, 2010 at 6:41AM
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murraysmom Zone 6 OH

calliope - that was beautifully said!! One can only guess that that doctor either had no pets or could not relate to animals in any way. His loss. Daisy sounds like she was a real sweetheart. Your mom was very lucky to have her.

    Bookmark   June 23, 2010 at 4:20PM
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