Brenda and Rainn
When Brenda first wrote in to Assistance Dogs to apply for a service dog, she caught the attention of the staff immediately. In her application, Brenda shared, "I have been a public speaker and social person for many years. Since landing in a chair I have felt separated from others in so many different ways. It would be nice to be able to go out in public without having to worry about someone helping me with a door, or picking something up off the ground. Having a service dog helps to restore and maintain my dignity."
There is so much more to Brenda than her Multiple Sclerosis that she has lived with for almost twenty years. Brenda is a veterinarian, a loving mother of two daughters, and an animal lover. Before she even came to the Assistance Dogs facility for an interview, the staff knew that she was a perfect candidate for one of our service dogs.
Brenda applied for a service dog in the fall of 2015. In April of 2016, Assistance Dogs knew we had the perfect match for her. Enter Rainn-a two-year-old black Labrador retriever. He is a dog who is constantly wagging his tail and always looking to please. When Brenda came in for her final needs assessment to meet Rainn, he placed his two front paws on her lap and behaved as if he had known her his whole life. It was love at first sight.
Brenda knows the impact of having a service dog out in public with her goes beyond picking up dropped items off the floor, Rainn is going to help others feel more comfortable interacting with her. Having a daughter who is extremely active in swimming at her high school, and being unable to sit with the rest of the parents in the bleachers because of her power chair-was an extremely isolating experience for her. Brenda noted that with Rainn now by her side, she knows that others will feel comfortable approaching her. This is just the beginning of a beautiful friendship!