|Baby Fred - so cute, so misleading|
|Service: assisting me with eating|
*since I have intermittent hand tremors, it works to his advantage
|Service: blocking me from potential stove injury|
*the chairs are blocking him from the cabinet his dog food is in, as well as our pantry. He opens doors.
|Service: taking care of a sick child|
*what you don't see is the plate of toast on said child's tray table
|Service: caring for sick child #2|
*no food involved - just sheer comfort...at the expense of sick child
|Service: holding down "Christmas Snuggie"|
*just so everyone understands, this was MY gift...which he stole
|I attempt to take Christmas Snuggie from Fred...|
|...but he throws it to the floor, lays on it, and licks it|
Christmas Snuggie is now "Freddy Snuggie"
|Relaxing by the fire in the chiminea, which my husband made...for him.|
*yes, he dismantled each of the patio chairs (except for the one he's laying on)
|Service: finding all of the painters tape in the house|
*and subsequently chewing it up
|Service: making me feel as if naps are not only acceptable, but necessary:-)|
*this is a service I can appreciate!
|...enjoying a sip of my husband's coffee|
*he'll need to be alert to deal with me all day
|Service: guarding the house and its occupants|
*because no one messes with a dog who sits on the coffee table
|Service: assisting me with climbing the stairs|
*False. He is afraid of descending and will not unless someone stands at the bottom, reassuring him that it's okay.
|Obviously, caring for me takes a toll|
Yes, my husband is right. Fred is my service dog. Like when he rips the house apart and tosses shredded paper and sandwich bags all around the living room? My husband says, "oh honey, he's just helping you to stay active." When he wedges himself into my back while I sleep? "Oh honey, he's just trying to keep you warm." And when he gets a 5 gallon drink of water, walks over to me, opens his mouth, and allows the 2 gallons he didn't swallow to pour onto my feet? "Oh honey, he's just trying to keep you cool. You did look a bit overheated..."
Try as I may to convince my husband that this dog and I dislike one another...the old phrase, "a picture is worth 1,000 words" rings true.