If you haven’t figured it out by now, I take great pride in the wonderful work that Makiko and I do as a team, the strength of the interdependent relationship Makiko and I have with each other, and the care that I give Makiko.
Within the past month, I have received two comments that have both meant a lot to me and I don’t think either of these two individuals realize how much of an impact their comment made on me.
#1: From my Aunt, who is a very skilled and amazing veterinarian who has seen a LOT of animals over the years – “Your dog is the best taken care of of any dog I have seen.” Wow! This meant a lot to me because not only do I love her and she is a family member, but she is a REALLY good vet, always puts the animals first over anything else, and knows what she is doing. She had the opportunity to witness two times how much daily grooming I do, the way I watch what I feed her, the exercise she gets, the fun she has, the love she gets, etc. I really appreciated this comment.
#2: From a good friend and classmate: “Do you brush your dogs like everyday? They are always so shiny.” She was speaking to me and another friend with a guide. She doesn’t brush her dog everyday and her dog isn’t quite as shiny as mine. I do brush my dog everyday and I love the way she looks as do so many people who constantly tell us on a daily basis. However that part doesn’t really get annoying as long as they keep hands off, of course. But I do pride myself in how much time we take every evening to groom and we enjoy that time together and she always looks wonderful after. I want and need her to look wonderful so that I won’t have a problem related to her appearance in any public setting and not to mention she feels a lot better when brushed and her coat is taken care of. You see, when you brush your dog the oils come up and that is what helps make them shiny. If the oils don’t have the opportunity to come up it starts to clog up the pores and the dog gets stinky and then can get a number of different health issues. It’s such a shame when this happens because dog owners and their dogs can avoid this altogether with just daily or almost daily grooming. I mean heck, some people don’t even groom their dog once a month so getting them to weekly would even make a huge impact.
Anyway, I had to share both of those comments with you all. Not to brag but to show that these two things ARE super important, people DO notice even if they don’t always say something and it DOES make service dogs look a little better in the eyes of the public. 🙂