Rosie and her owner Ashley live together in United States over 1 year now and she is a trained service dog. Ashley suffers from BP I, GAD & chronic migraines, and she needs a dog like Rosie to help her. They basically go everywhere in the city, the gallery, the cinemas, the library, the museum, the supermarket and even to the mountains.
Checkin' out some dinosaur bones at the Natural History Museum.
Reading up on our upcoming trip to Portland and Seattle! This will be my first big trip with mom and her family, so we're making sure to research as much cool stuff as possible.
Got the chance to go see Captain America: Civil War.
Took an wonderful trip to The Getty Center this afternoon with Rosie and my mom.
1.5 miles in on the 5 mile hike along the Claremont Loop!
As an artist, Ashley draws pictures of Rosie.
Rosie(Rosie's gear) is a great companion to Ashley who is an young artist living with BP I, GAD, & chronic migraines.Let's see what Ashley say about her life with Rosie.
OneTigris: How old is Rosie?when did you adopt her?
Ashley: Rosie is 2 years old (on August 2nd) and I adopted her from a local shelter with the help of a trainer in April of 2015.
O: What was the first impression?
A: When I first met Rosie, what stood out for me was her personality. She wasn't just aimlessly excited and happy, she was focused and willing, like she wanted something to do. I hadn't seen this in the other dogs I was looking at, and this was ultimately what made me decide to choose her as my prospect.
O: According to your account with the pics and stories you shared,you and Rosie are so in tune,when did you think you and Rosie were actually connected?
A: It didn't take long for Rosie and I to bond as a girl and her dog (that was almost immediate), but it took awhile for us to learn to work together effectively as a service dog team. The first time that started to click is when we went through CGC (Canine Good Citizen) training. Our connection is still in progress, but I like to think we become more in tune with each other as time goes on.
O: Since you usually go out with Rosie in public places,does people look at you differently?How does that affect you and Rosie?
A: I take Rosie pretty much everywhere I go, and we get a lot of looks, stares, and comments, not to mention people wanting to come up and talk to us and pet her. At first, it made me really uncomfortable, but over time, I've learned to ignore most of it. It still gets to me sometimes, though - especially when people are rude. Most of our interactions are positive, though.
O: What would you do if Rosie acts really naughty, even annoying?
A: Just like any service dog, Rosie is not a machine, and she does make mistakes and has "off" days. If she does something wrong, I'll usually just correct her, but if she makes several mistakes or ignores a correction, I'll remove myself from whatever I am, and re-assess and try to figure out if there's something upsetting her, or if I'm doing something wrong. If I still can't figure it out, and she continues having problems, I'll go home and try again another day, because I believe that we have a duty to maintain a good public image for service dogs.
O: What was the most impressive thing Rosie has done for you?
A: The most impressive thing Rosie has ever done for me happened very early in her training when I was out at a camp in the woods. I tend to have debilitating panic attacks, and she was just beginning to learn how to alert to these. We were on a group hike at the time when all of a sudden, Rosie started pulling at the leash to go in the opposite direction, back from where we came. I thought she was misbehaving and ignored it, but she pulled even harder until I couldn't ignore her. I followed her, thinking maybe she felt sick, but she brought me back to camp, and immediately leapt into my lap to do DPT (deep pressure therapy) when I sat down to see what was wrong. At that moment, I realized that I was starting to have a very severe panic attack. She was able to tell that I was going to have one, brought me back, and grounded me, all before it even really started. She waited it out with me, and let me go once my breathing normalized. Not bad for a brand new service pup!
O: What is the biggest change Rosie/service dog brings you?
A: The biggest change Rosie brings me is confidence. When she's with me, I'm more comfortable handling large groups of people, crowded spaces, and loud noises. I can rely on her to look for signs of anxiety, and help me address them before I go into a full-blown panic attack. And, even if I do, I know she'll be there to calm me down.
After talking to Ashley and Rosie, we saw a post on the internet:
THIS IS WHY SERVICE DOGs MATTER.
THEY MAKE PEOPLE FEEL SAFE
AND BRING PEOPLE CONFIDENCE.