We post a lot of stories about how amazing service dogs are, but rarely do we get a true first-hand account from the person to whom the dog is devoted. A young woman named Alyssa Silva writes a blog called Living with Spinal Muscular Atrophy, and she recently penned a wonderful tribute to her dog, Fred, a Golden Retriever trained by a Georgia-based organization called Canine Assistants.
Alyssa tells the entire story of her relationship with Fred, including how she met him for the first time:
[O]ur initial task was to greet every dog (by saying their names) individually at their cages. These dogs seemed extremely unenthused by my greetings, and if I could have read their minds, they were probably thinking, “Just get me out of here”. Then, finally, I approached this golden retriever, looked for his name tag, and let out a cheerful, “Hi Fred!” Fred quickly stood up in his cage and started wagging his tail frantically, a reaction I hadn’t received from any of the dogs yet. I immediately called my parents over to tell them what just happened and how excited I was by his response. Although I didn’t realize it then, that was the moment Fred chose me.
It’s a wonderful tale of the love and devotion shared by Fred and Alyssa. He is incredibly attentive and passionate about protecting her, and she understands and loves him completely.