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I didn't realize how significant a service dog would be in
my life, not only for the things he does, but just the companionship. He knows me
so well, he's so attentive.
Chauncey does a lot of things for me that
may not be apparent to some
individuals who are not exposed to disability a lot. My hands are always busy
utilizing the wheelchair obviously
so I carry things in my lap and they frequently fall out. Chauncey will get
down there and and take them out and hand it right to me. His training has to be
constantly maintained. It's very easy to erode
that training. Just
one day at a time over the course of a week or two
can destroy many months worth of training, although there is quite a bit
of cross over. He's a dog and I love him as a pet, but I love him even more because
assists me in so many ways.
Chauncey gets lots of play time. One of the things that we'll do is,
when we have a break
or on lunch time, we'll go up to the ballpark—the empty ballpark. We'll
grab a baseball
and take it up there and and throw it around.
He just loves to run through the empty ballpark and fetch the ball and bring it back
to me. He'll do that for hours
if I could maintain the energy for it.
I can't imagine. I can't image what my life would be like without
You know it's one of those things that
you don't know what you have until
you have it