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Doggie Day – What You Might Not Know About Service Dogs

On October 14, AMS Vans is participating in disAbility Link’s Doggie Day event! This event will educate folks about service dogs, offer low-cost vaccinations for your service dog, and have fun activities and prizes for kids!

Service dogs are a worth-while investment because they have, in fact, been proven to enhance the lives of their partners by making them feel more independent, which in turn boosts self-esteem and provides more opportunities to experience more things.

Specifically, service dogs provide the following assistance:

  • Unload laundry from dryer
  • Assist partner in loading laundry into top loading washing machine
  • Fetch wheelchair when it’s out of reach
  • Assist in clean up of house – pickup, carry, deposit designated items
  • Pay for purchases at high counters
  • Tug socks off without biting down on foot
  • Pull drapery cord to open or close drapes
  • Transfer assistance from wheelchair to van seat, bed, toilet or bathtub
  • Assist to walk step by step, brace between each step, from wheelchair to nearby seat
  • Call 911 on K-9 rescue phone, let emergency personnel into home and lead to partner’s location
  • Lie down on a person’s chest to produce a cough when suction machine is unavailable
  • Service Dogs can also help with veterans living with PTSD; they provide emotional support and can help people adjust back into the everyday grind

More than that, service dogs provide companionship. They easily can become a part of the family!

Which is part of the reason why we are so excited to be a part of disability Link’s Doggie Day! It’s a little-known fact that wheelchair accessible vans actually benefit both humans and their service animals; wheelchair vans offer a more spacious area for a service dog to sit in, as well as an easier process for them to assist their partner in loading into a vehicle.

Bet you didn’t know that your furry friends were a part of the AMS  Vans family, too!

Are you in need of a service dog currently? You can visit: http://www.domesti-pups.org/service-pups.html