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Service Dog of the Day: Shelby

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Last Updated: April 19, 2015

In March 2008, an Arizona blogger who goes by the name “Zipper Head”, visited their local animal shelter and eyes on underweight, jumpy and obviously abused Rhodesian Ridgeback mix. The connection was immediate and her family took the little brown dog, nominating their Shelby.

At the time, had to contend with a zipper brain called Chiari malformation (CM). CM are structural defects in the cerebellum is the part of the brain that controls balance. Her condition was complicated, with an associated neurological disorder called Ehlers-Danlos syndrome. EDS is a group of inherited diseases that affect connective tissue. – First of all joints, skin and blood vessel walls

The young mother of two children was experiencing problems with mobility and thought a guide dog could really help when you need her wheelchair or scooter to use After Training ,

Shelby was an excellent helper. You could call made items, open and close doors, call item from the shelves and help in a million other tasks like pulling clothes out of the dryer so their owners could fold.

One month after its adoption, Shelby mother began with daily seizures. Shelby was able to detect such attacks before they happen and it would take a step further, crawl into the lap of her mother to harm you prevent yourself.

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” Shelby usually extends over my lap a few minutes before a seizure begins, me from somewhere, fall, and getting injured to prevent. This morning, however, instead of sprawling on my lap, she tucked up against me, face to face. She remained so for more than an hour until it was over. “

“Now we know why Shelby came into our lives a year ago. Funny how that happens, is it not? She’s one of the best things that ever happened to us. I do not think we rescued her, but perhaps in a way they saved us? “

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