Back in January Chase, Emma and I flew to visit Grandma Larkann in Seattle. Chase fell in love with my mother’s Springer Spaniel, Zoey. From that moment on he consistently states, “I want a girl dog, and her name is going to be Zoey.” We’ve seen several specialists in the past several months as we strived to help Chase regulate his behaviors, and conquer some of his challenges. One topic broached in each session has been the option of a therapy/companion/service dog.
I researched the benefits, my husband did a cost analysis (as he does on everything) and the idea of spending $30,000 for a dog up front made us cringe. The idea of getting a dog and then the expense of a dog felt daunting, especially since I am not bringing in an income at he moment. We put the dog issue on the back burner. At some point during a “pick up” I had a conversation with Dee’s mother. We mentioned that eventually we would be looking for a dog, the purpose of the dog, and the breeds commonly used for service dogs.
Thursday I recieved a text from her. “I think I found a service dog for Chase. He is a 2 month black lab.” She included a picture and after discussing things with my husband we decided to check the puppy out.
With the help of our first sponsor, we now have a beautiful puppy. he was taken away from his mother a little too early so we’re working on bite inhibition, walking is a bit of a chore because every 5 seconds he lies down and just looks at me, the kids are learning to stand like a tree – okay maybe they are still running, laughing, and screaming every single time the puppy comes after them. I’m doing must have the training, although for some reason the puppy is said that my husband is alpha.
Even though he is a male dog, Chase decided to name him Zoe. He is a really good puppy and learning fast. Soon we will get him and obedience training, followed by getting him trained as a therapy dog.
Meet the newest member of the family, Zoe: