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A Service Dog for Mobility or Balance can open doors, literally and figuratively, you never thought possible.
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An Assistance Dog for Mobility or Balance can assist an individual who may use a wheelchair, cane or walker or have an unsteady gait. The dog may perform tasks such as picking up dropped items, retrieving items off counters, turning light switches on and off, carrying items in a backpack, tugging open doors, alerting for help, pulling someone using a manual wheelchair up ramps or short distances, etc. These dogs have full public access rights under the Americans with Disabilities Act.
One of PAALS clients, Elizabeth, has Rheumatoid Arthritis and Fibromyalgia, both of which limit mobility and cause intense fatigue and pain. She first realized she needed a service dog when she was crossing a large, empty atrium in an office tower and dropped her cane. She was not near a wall to lean against and stood in misery and fear for 10 minutes until a nice gentleman came by and picked up the cane for her.
Elizabeth says her PAALS Service Dog, Warrior, “is a superb mobility service dog – and LOVES to do the laundry! He LOVES to retrieve things I drop (after all, he IS a Labrador RETRIEVER!). He also LOVES to go to the grocery and pick up little boxes or potato chip bags off the floor when I drop them. He helps me balance when I’m walking, and trots alongside my mobility scooter very happily when I go places.
The people at PAALS have been nothing short of supportive. They love their work, they love their dogs, and they love their clients. Every successful service dog partnership gives them a real positive charge. I am so fortunate to have been one of their first 3 clients – and now even more fortunate to still be a client with my second PAALS dog.” (Elizabeth’s first PAALS dog, Emmy, was retired after years of service.)