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The family of Windy Williamson is uniting to raise money to help her acquire the proper training needed for her service dog.

My wife Windy was in an automobile accident that ejected her from the car. She broke several bones, her left lung collapsed, and she was in a coma for 20 days. It was thought that she might never wake up or if she did she would be in a vegetative state. However, she did wake up, but was left with many challenges. Her doctor has prescribed her a service dog to help with her treatment and is a big part of her treatment. I have done a lot of research on service dogs and have come up with a solution. I really want to take full advantage of this opportunity for her, and things seem to be coming together to help make that happen.

Her brother has been generous enough to buy her a standard poodle which makes great service dogs, they are the second smartest dogs in the world. She has named her dog Sir Thaddeus the Great, Thad or Thaddeus for short. He has already learned basic obedience commands and I have found her a private trainer educated in training service dogs, which is willing to come to our home to train her dog. This is good because the dog can be trained to help her with her individual needs around the house and then in public. With her training her own service dog with the help of a professional trainer it will coast us $1800. I am asking for any help raising the funds, so if you can please give $10, $20 or whatever your hearts desire it will be greatly appreciated. If you would prefer to mail a check, you may do so as an account has been set up just for Thaddeus’ training. Please make it payable to Windy Matlock-Williamson, contact her at 318-617-7595 for our mailing address or if you have any questions. Thank you and may God bless you~~~

Man’s best friends are always finding new ways to help us out! A service dog is specially trained to mitigate/assist a person who has a disability, there are many types of disabilities~some are visible and some not. Everyday service dogs are performing task for their human counterparts, such as the traditional “seeing eye” guide dogs or for the hearing impaired, to the brand new, seizure detection dogs, “smelling low blood sugar” diabetic dogs, to even being able to help out with our veterans.

Here are some of the things you may not know about these hard working canines: 1. “The Vest” is a uniform: Handlers will put the vest on the service dogs for two reasons. First, to give humans a heads up that this dog is on the job. Second, to let the service dog he knows it’s time for business! Many service dogs are trained from puppyhood to know that the vest means it’s time to work, time to focus.

2. Yes, they do get time off! Just like the rest of us, service dogs need to blow off some seem at the end of a long day. When they get the ok from their handlers, service dogs love to let loose and play ball, go swimming, or roll in something smelly. Service dogs get to be their doggy selves, off the clock.

3. They might not seem like they’re workingut they are. People will often ask handlers who “seem fine” why they have a service dog, or assume that the dog is not working. Some service dogs are trained to guide their owners to a safe place in case of an emergency, or be there for those that have seizure and other invisible disabilities.

4. There jobs are private information, just like medical history. When there is a service dog on the premises, proprietors can only ask two questions First, "is the service dog required because of a disability?" and second "what work or task has the dog been trained to preform?" All other information is protected by medical privacy and the handlers not obiligated to proof of thier disability, or proof of the their dogs training.

5. They love their jobs! Many handlers find themselves accused of working a service dog to hard, all day everyday. The truth is that these pooches love the work! Having a job and designated task to perform provides a service dog with physical, mental and emotional enrichment that they might not receive as pet dogs. They love their handlers and they love their work!

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