Service dog training for Loki and Hart
Organized by: Fran Showalter
Hart has acondroplasia and a VA brain shunt. Last year Hart's VP brain shunt failed and became infected. He spent 55 days in the hospital battling peritonitis and menengitis. After many surgeries the doctors replaced the shunt and put it in his heart. While in the hospital, the therapy dogs that came to visit were often his only source of joy. We are hoping to train his puppy, Loki, as a therapy/service dog. The dog would provide emotional support for hospital stays, help with everyday tasks such as picking up items that hurt Hart's back and hopefully learn to warn us of sezuire activity when Hart's brain shunt malfunctions. Hart would also like to take Loki to local children's hospitals to spread the joy that the therapy dogs offered him when he was having such a difficult medical battLe.