When I was a kid, I hated having to ask people for help all the time.
So, when my mom helped me get my first assistance dog I was thrilled to have some independence.
After he retired, I waited until my life settled down to get my second assistance dog. I’ve blown my rotator cuffs after years of pushing my wheelchair and my husband always wound up pushing me when we were out.
I wanted an assistance dog to pull my chair so I could get around without relying on someone to push me. I was so happy to come home with Bright, and it's been wonderful to be able to have my husband walk next to me instead of behind me.
Bright makes the sweetest eye contact and is so responsive to me. She’s not just responsive to the commands I give her, but she’s responsive to my emotional output as well.
Now, Bright is a huge part of my daily life. If I’m without Bright, my life becomes completely disrupted. For instance, I can’t take the train to get to work without her to help me get around the station. She's truly been a life-changer.
Recently Alex and Bright appeared on the news sharing insights into how fake service dogs affect her life. Check out the broadcast.