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.”





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    March 25, 2013 2:04 pmPosted 1 year ago
    pym

    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.

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      March 25, 2013 2:56 pmPosted 1 year ago
      Anonymous

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

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      March 25, 2013 7:00 pmPosted 1 year ago
      Sandy

      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.

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    March 25, 2013 2:05 pmPosted 1 year ago
    M

    Hmmm……………..

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    March 25, 2013 2:44 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    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. :)

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  • March 25, 2013 3:12 pmPosted 1 year ago
    The Heartbeats

    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!

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    March 25, 2013 3:29 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    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!

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    March 25, 2013 4:13 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Anonymous

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

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    March 25, 2013 4:34 pmPosted 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    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.

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    March 27, 2013 12:35 amPosted 1 year ago
    Anonymous

    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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