One Year of Letters allowed me to vent about scam support animals and the value of trained service dogs like my daughter’s Latte.
Written by Kerry E.B. Black
June 4th, 2017
My daughter, Bear, has a service dog through Canine Companions for Independence. We waited three years while the organization vetted us as a qualified family and while the appropriate dog was trained. When the time came and a dog with the right potential personality and skills became available, we moved to Dublin, Ohio for intense training. To graduate as a service team, we needed to master the commands and show our ability to adapt them in ways to help when we reached home. My daughter, her dog Latte, and I form a three-point companion team. Although Bear and Latte are usually pretty good about remembering, I reinforce the commands and ensure they pay attention to the rules in public.
My girl has spastic diplegic cerebral palsy, autism, and a number of other diagnoses. Latte helps keep…
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