Having POTS has really changed my life. I haven’t been able to walk without assistance for over a year, due to being extremely dizzy and uncontrollable chronic migraines. I also pass out a lot. My family and I made the executive decision to get a puppy and get him trained to be my service dog! The service dog will be able to assist me in public, and also be trained for when I’m home alone to be able to help me when I pass out; or incase of an emergency.
To be honest, I was nervous to even think about getting a service dog. I was afraid when I take him out in public people would judge me or stare. I realized that if a service dog will give me some independence, and be there to help me when needed- then I don’t care what people will think. I decided I need to do what’s best for me. I am home alone a lot, because I work from home. Due to passing out a lot and being dizzy, my family worry about me a lot when I’m alone and also try not to leave me alone for very long. A service dog will be able to help me in case of an emergency and also will be there when I need stability when I walk. I learned instead of caring what others think, I need to get out and live my life and not base my life on others opinions.
After searching for weeks for the perfect dog for me, I found one- a golden retriever. His name is Chance, and my boyfriend and I fell in love with him instantly!
He is super sweet, and we developed a bond right then and there.
When we first brought him home, we felt like we were bringing home a newborn home from the hospital. We
were all nervous on how it would go, and how he would fit in with our other dog and cat. It actually went better than I ever could have imagined.
Chance and my cat- Joey are now forever friends, and Max leads Chance like a big brother around the house.
He is a very playful puppy, and he loves to cuddle.
We put him in puppy class, so he can associate with other puppies and learn basic commands. He is a super quick learner, but he gets distracted easily. He has graduated puppy class and just started the intermediate class.
Chance is teething and definitely loves to chew up shoes! Fingers crossed that habit breaks soon! He tends be become a little crazy, but we can all use a little crazy in our lives. It has really been fun watching him grow up, and develop a personality. I can’t wait for our bond to become even closer as he grows.
This has been an unforgettable journey so far and I look forward to him being able to help me; so I can become more independent, and can go even just to the grocery store by myself. Chance has been the missing piece in my heart I never knew I was missing. My boyfriend and I have truly become a little family with our puppy and its been heart warming. I look forward to sharing my journey with you all.