Puppy Love: The Special Bond Between Owners & Service Dogs
When you’re having a bad day, he’s there. When you need help crossing the street, he’s there. When you feel lonely, he’s there. When you need a dropped item picked up, he’s there. When you need a shoulder to cry on, he’s there. When you need a friend, he’s there – service dogs are not just dogs…they are best friends to people that need them.
Whether the owner is veteran, a person with a physical or mental disability, or a person with an illness, the relationship with a service dog is a special one. Nights in the hospital can be scary for children and adjusting to a new life after an accident permanently disables a person is hard, but a service dog can make the hard stuff feel a little easier, and their service to their humans is invaluable.
Service dogs put work in. According to Service Dog Central, a community of service dog partners and trainers who work together to bring their readers knowledge about service dogs, there are between 100,000 and 200,00 service dogs in the United States.
Service dogs show empathy and compassion – true friendship. They can teach all of us about working hard, being a good friend, and the meaning of unconditional love.
It’s a no brainer that owners would develop a strong bond with their service dog; these dogs give their owners an outlet for their love and affection, which, according to studies, helps people with both their mental and physical health. Dogs can help their owners reduce occurrences of depression and loneliness. This special bond provides happiness and helps reduce stress.
With special holidays like Labor Day here and Veterans Day, we not only want to honor and think of our working people and veterans, but the dogs who work hard to support those in need. Like humans, these dogs are contributing to the strength and well-being of our country; they help their owners function independently and spend endless hours being a thankless friend.
So, cheers to our many service dogs out there whose work is invaluable. We thank you!