More and more often working dogs can be seen providing services for the people who need them. One such dog is Caesar, a Yellow Lab from Kansas City, Missouri. Caesar is a seeing-eye dog for Bob. Caesar is a fantastically loving dog who works hard to make certain that Bob is well cared for and safe.
Bob, Linda and Caesar are on vacation; well, Bob and Linda are. Caesar is there to care for Bob and has been since Bob was lucky enough to get Caesar three-and-a-half years ago.
Caesar was trained in Michigan, most likely trained through the Leader Dogs for the Blind program before he came into Bob’s service. Unlike many trained professional dogs, Caesar is still puppy-like; loving and kind even as he performs his duties.
According to Bob, he wants Caesar to be happy and comfortable performing his duties so every afternoon, he and Caesar take a break and the dog gets a well-deserved nap. While travelling to Michigan, this therapy dog even got to experience swimming in Lake Huron.
Therapy dogs are trained to allow the individuals that require their services to be able to be more independent than they have ever been; going out in public without a cane and walking to and from the places they need to go. The feeling of independence is a gift many people with special needs have never experienced without the dog’s aid.
For a person without a disability the lack of independence that is a constant in some people’s lives is very difficult to understand. Witnessing the abilities that Bob has and has had for the past three-and-a half years is remarkable.
If one stops to think about it, the fact that people have dogs in their care means that they are never alone or lonely. For Bob this goes one step further and provides him with more a less of a safety net for those times that Linda is not constantly around. Caesar gives Linda the ability to have a life, too. If it were not for programs that train therapy dogs, families everywhere would not have such liberties.
If you every meet a therapy dog like Caesar, stop and get to know them. Remember though not to pet, feed or disturb the dog unless the guided individual gives both you and the dog permission to do so. Dogs like Caesar are working animals. They have a job to perform 365 days per year; they are never on vacation. Caesar and Bob do know what each needs and their companionship is a win-win on both accounts. Caesar does not really require a vacation because he and Bob are perfect together no matter what they do together.