This week is International Assistance Dog Week (IADW). IADW was created to recognize of all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability-related limitations. Though I am not an Assistance Dog, I know several including very good friend Carma Poodale.
Carma is a medical alert/mobility dog for a person who has MS. She helps brace her human when getting up and down (beds, seats) as well as walking from room to room. Carma can sense when her human is tired and will nudge her human towards a chair (or someplace where he or she can lean). She also provides reminders when it is time to take medication. Like all mobility dogs, Carma is also able to pull a wheel chair , fetch a cane and retrieve dropped items.