The number of dogs being trained as service or support animals is on the rise, thanks to many studies that show having a canine companion can benefit everyone from those who are visually impaired to kids with autism. It makes perfect sense if you think about it. When you’ve had a rough day at work, nothing can erase your bad mood like your pup greeting you with kisses as soon as you walk in the door.
But what happens when a dog needs a service companion? It may sound a little far-fetched but more and more dogs with disabilities are getting their own companions to help them navigate through their day-to-day life.
Some breeds are more prone to illnesses than others. Pugs, for instance, commonly experience eye issues due to the shape of their skulls. A pug named Rosie knows this all too well. She was born with only one eye and had to have the other removed a few years later because it was blocking her tear duct.
Rosie was pretty lucky. Unlike many dogs with disabilities who are left in shelters, Rosie was adopted by Jadie Cooley when she was 18 months old. At the time, Rosie still had her one eye but it started becoming problematic. So Jadie made the difficult decision to have it removed.
“I broke down when I went to pick Rosie up after her operation,” Jadie said. “It was such a shock seeing her with no eyes even though I knew it was coming. I was sad for her.”
The sadness didn’t last long. Jadie got to work helping Rosie adapt to her new life. Part of that included getting Rosie her own service dog named Diesel. Rosie is now nine and Diesel is 13. Jadie said that Diesel leads his buddy Rosie around and is her “seeing eye dog.” Jadie said they’re a “pair of sweet oldies” but she has to watch out because Diesel will have a mind of his own and lead Rosie where she shouldn’t go.
“Diesel does lead her astray sometimes and takes her off to places she shouldn’t really go,” Jadie said. “Then you see the panic on her face when she realizes she’s too far away from me.”
It’s obvious these two make a unique pair and their friendship is captivating people’s hearts all over the world. Watch the video below and it’s easy to see why!
Watch This Adorable Pug And Her Service Dog:
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