Assistance Dog Helps Disabled New Mother Take Care Of Her Baby

Assistant dogs help in so many different ways. The many tasks they are trained to do is remarkable. For one woman her service dog not only helps her but her four-month-old baby, by helping with motherly tasks like changing diapers.

Cheryl Alexander suffers from a nerve disease called Reflex Neurovascular Dystrophy. The disease limits her movements severely. “Due to the pain at times it’s impossible to bend down or do the simplest tasks,” said Alexander. That’s where her trained assistance dog Orca steps in to help.

With the birth of Alexander’s daughter Lily Orca has stepped up to help with all new tasks. When Alexander’s husband is at work Orca is there to help with tasks around the house, from washing to helping Alexander go shopping. With Lily now here, Orca has learned to help with changing diapers too. “I call him mother’s little helper,” said Alexander. “He’s a wonder dog.”


  1. pym says on  03/25/2013 at 2:04 pm

    i feel sorry at times for service dogs..i know its probably better than euthanasia but i dont think most of these dogs are ever dogs or get to enjoy doggy things.

    • Anonymous says on  03/25/2013 at 2:56 pm

      dogs with the drive to work need jobs. they’re very happy. and they’re able to have doggy play too.

    • Sandy says on  03/25/2013 at 7:00 pm

      The people that receive these wonderful dogs know full well that the dogs need dog time. They are very much loved and appreciated. What I can’t understand is why people thumbs downed your concern.

    • Anonymous says on  10/17/2014 at 3:41 pm

      Are you kidding me, ok I understand that there are some people out there that your seeing (probably all the fakers) and some people who owner train that aren’t experienced enough to know that their dog isn’t service dog material but most dogs and most people that have service dogs their service dog wants to work when I have my service dogs jacket my service dog comes running she can’t wait to work she’s so excited she loves her job she runs and plays in chases balls and frisbees in is a pet at home you can’t say that these dogs aren’t treated like dogsor don’t get the act like dogs that’s total bullshit most service dogs love their job

  2. Hmmm……………..

  3. Anonymous says on  03/25/2013 at 2:44 pm

    Dogs need to have a job to do. Service dogs have jobs to do and make their owners happy. That makes them happy. Don’t worry about them. They’re just fine. :)

  4. I volunteer with a service dog organization. These dogs are not happy if they aren’t working. In fact, they can be down right obnoxious without a job! More than that service dogs are treated incredibly well. They are incredibly valuable, not only in terms of the dollar amount of the training they receive but also because they are a tool for people that otherwise could not be independent. The bond between service dog and handler is really something amazing!

  5. Anonymous says on  03/25/2013 at 3:29 pm

    I think that it’s wonderful she has a dog to help her…but its very sad for the dog. Maybe she should get a nanny vs having her service dog do that. She had to know before the baby was born that she would need help. Seems unfair to put all that on a dog!

  6. Anonymous says on  03/25/2013 at 4:13 pm

    Dogs enjoy having jobs! In fact, many dogs aren’t happy without one! Just wish I could train mine to change diapers!

  7. Anonymous says on  03/25/2013 at 4:34 pm

    I agree that service dogs enjoy doing the work they are trained to do. When border collies aren’t actively herding, they will sometimes herd other dogs and people – nipping included! They WANT to do their jobs. And just because the article doesn’t mention it does not mean that Orca (and service dogs all over) don’t get play time and time to just be dogs.

  8. Anonymous says on  03/27/2013 at 12:35 am

    As a disabled person with a Service Dog (SD) I can tell you that SDs do have time to relax, play, & just be a dog. However, most dogs will still perform their jobs even during those times. SDs are happiest with their handlers, happiest having a job to do, and love learning new tasks.

    We who are disabled are entitled to live our lives to the best of abilities the same as those we are not disabled. Yes, that includes having children. For the nanny comment—nannies are a luxury for many, disabled or not. It’s not “putting all that on the dog”, it’s having the dog learn new tasks to assist the handler. Most SDs perform a multitude of tasks which can vary as to what each handler needs. The SD is retrieving an item for her–be it the phone or a diaper it’s the same task.

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