When a man asked her about the dog, a circle of people instantly gathered around her.
“Toby and I are always a side show wherever we go,” she said with a sigh.
“I’ve seen several breeds of dogs working as guide dogs, but this is the first time I’ve seen a Great Dane,” said the man.
“I was in an accident, which left me with no feeling in my right leg, which means I can easily lose my balance and fall over,” she said, “I have a dog this size, because he’s the perfect height for me to lean on. If I had to bend over to reach a smaller dog, I’d lose my balance. I can’t lift anything or use a walker, so I use Toby like a walker.” and she patted the dog who looked at her and wagged his tail.
“My word that’s really interesting,” said a man in a wheelchair.
“I’m also a teacher, and Toby carries my books on his back. With this bad leg of mine, I can’t get up once I sit down, and he is trained to pull me up from a chair. These dogs are strong enough to do that,” said the woman, and we watched her slowly walking away leaning on the patient dog.
- Guide dogs assist the blind and the visually impaired.
- Hearing dogs help the deaf or hard of hearing.
- Service dogs refers to dogs trained to do other work, such as mobility assistance dogs, or seizure alert dogs.