Mernie is the 10th service dog puppy I have
raised. She was born to Loving Paws Assistance Dogs in May 2006. She is part
golden retriever and part yellow lab. Her litter theme was classic movie
stars so all of her brothers and sisters have famous Hollywood names.
Mernie very quickly showed that she was a fast learner, had an awesome
personality and would really stick in my heart. It was not easy to let her
go back for Advanced Training in June 2007 and I still miss her terribly,
but I have images of a glowing child's face when they get my sweet girl.
After 6 months of Advanced Training with Loving Paws, Mernie was transferred
to Graduate School with another program, NEADS, in MA. Mernie graduated as a
"Specialty Dog" in May 2008. It is rare for a dog to be able to learn to
work with more than one disability but her special person, Jennifer, has MS
and is also deaf so Mernie not only helps by picking up things, opening
doors, etc. She also alerts Jennifer to the door bell, telephone, fire
alarm, etc. She was a special puppy and is now a special dog.