We have the pleasure of knowing Brendan Madden who listens faithfully to The Shark.  Brendan will stop by from time to time with his Service Dog, Japhy.  A beautiful golden retriever who has the biggest smile I've even seen on a dog.  So, so cute!

Brendan emailed us a little while back and said that Japhy wasn't feeling so well.  He had taken a bad fall and hurt himself very badly.  Even when Japhy was at the vet's office, though, he still had that loving doggie smile on his face.  He is a faithful, loving companion to Brendan and I'm pretty sure that Japhy gets a ton of love back from Brendan too.  Japhy is so much more than a service dog to Brendan.

According to USA Service Dog Registration website, the definition of a Service Dog is:

 

"...... any dog individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability."

What the definition above doesn't say is that Japhy is Brendan's friend.  They are a team and always will be.

After his fall, although Japhy is better, he's going to stay home and enjoy life!  He and Brendan are still the best of friends.

Service animals are life-changing and in some cases, life-saving animals.  If you would like more information on how to get a service animal, Duo Dogs may be able to help.