Puzzle's Page

This is my little Service Dog, Puzzle.  She is a healing dog.

I have dedicated this page to my little dog, Puzzle, who was born November 26, 2006 and came into my life not long after when I traveled via bus and subway into South Boston to meet her.  I brought her to my home on January 9, 2007 and she has lived with me ever since.  On August 29, 2012, she “graduated” from “pet” to Psychiatric Service Dog.

When a person graduates from medical school, or from divinity school, or from lawyer school, the person takes on vows.  This is the only analogy I can think of.  The vows that a doctor takes are with his or her patients and the vows that a priest or minister takes are with a congregation and with, I guess, God, or whatever the religion believes in.  I’m talking about a partnership between the patient and doctor, or the congregation and the minister or priest and God.  This partnership is divine no matter how you look at it.  It’s for life.  Once you cross the line, you are never the same.  It’s a huge responsibility.  You are forever linked in this responsibility.

Such is my link with Puzzle.  We have crossed that line.  Together, we are six legs in unison, two heartbeats, lots of dreams, and a new life together.

 

2 thoughts on “Puzzle's Page”

  1. Do you mind sharing what services Puzzle provides you? Or if that’s too personal a question, what sorts of things psych service dogs can do? I’m considering a psych service animal for myself.

    1. Actually, it’s a long story about me and Puzzle cuz Dr. P signed Puzzle’s papers at the end of August 2012. I fired Dr. P as of July 2013. I live in the USA. I don’t know if you do. Anyway, service dogs have certain regulations, and these are covered by the ADA. It’s very weird how they define “psychiatric” and I frankly, I think it’s a double standard that stigmatizes mentally ill people. Just the same as “insurance” coverage that somehow is done differently for mental health coverage, and “life insurance” that for whatever reason, all changes if you have a mental history. Be very careful with labeling. I should do a blog entry on this. In fact, I’ve got a bit of time right now and I think I will.

      Julie

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