You may find it irresistible to pet any and every dog you see, but service dogs have a very important job, and should never be distracted.
Hailey Ashmore suffers from epilepsy, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, reactive hypoglycemia, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, and gastroparesis. In 2014, Hailey was given Flynn, an 11-week-old Australian Shepherd as her service dog.
“To get a service dog you must be disabled to the point where you can no longer function at a normal quality of life without the assistance of service dogs,” explained Hailey.
While she was once a dancer on the varsity drill team, as her health began to deteriorate, her mobility became limited. She was forced to take her classes online, impacting both her social life and mental health. Flynn was brought in to give Hailey the freedom she once had.
It took thousands of dollars and two years of training before Flynn was fully certified as Hailey’s service dog. Hailey worked with Stimming Paws Assistance Dogs, who specialise in this training.