Munro serves as president of the board of Summit Assistance Dogs, and owning a
service dog has changed her life.
Disabilities Act (ADA) defines a service animal as a dog that is individually
trained to do work or perform tasks for a person with a disability. Service
dogs have legal access to most public places such as stores, work places,
restaurants and public transportation when with their partners.
donates hours of her time telling the public and potential recipients about the
benefits and joys of owning a service dog.
said, “I am involved with informing the public about service dogs because I am
a recipient. Having a service dog has changed my life. I cannot give enough
back to Summit Assistance Dogs, who trained my dog.”
becoming seriously ill, Munro applied for and received her service dog, Hayden,
an American labradoodle, who is a cross between a labrador retriever and
is my bucket of joy,” Munro said.
service dog can help someone who is impaired or unable to walk by retrieving
items, opening and closing doors and turning on lights. Many people living with
MS have service dogs.
stands and walks beside me, and I can hold on to his harness handle, like a
guide dog. This helps me with my balance,” Munro said. Hayden also helps Munro
by retrieving her telephone, her pain pack and other items at her residence.
The service dog accompanies Munro when she is outside of the home.
people say that often a service dog looks sad. However, they are focused on
their work,” Munro commented.
commented that although having a service dog can be extremely helpful, it is
matter what my health situation is on any day or how I am feeling, I have to
make sure my dog is taken care of,” Munro added.
trained dogs are skilled home companion dogs, which are trained to perform the
same skills as service dogs but are used only in the home environment.
Therapeutic home companion dogs provide emotional support and companionship to
individuals or families with special needs.
therapy dogs provide therapeutic support in schools, mental health practices,
nursing homes, occupational and physical therapy clinics. These dogs help
promote a sense of calmness under stress or motivate clients to achieving
Assistance Dogs, which is located in Anacortes, WA, is a non-profit
organization founded in 2000. More than 55 million Americans live with various
disabilities, and the national average waiting time to receive a service dog is
two to five years.
Summit Assistance Dogs by telephone at 360-293-5609 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org. Their website is www.summitdogs.org.