Lacey’s Blog: This Week Dogs are Dancing in the Streets!

It’s National Dog Week – do you know where your playful pup is? Well, celebrating of course! Not every day (or week in this case) are we recognized for all we do as your best friends. And for some of us, we are not only good for a game of fetch but are also making a difference in the world.

Take Labrador Retrievers for instance, a superior breed that is not only stunningly beautiful but also amazingly smart (not that I’m partial or anything). Many Labs, like me, are actually in professions that help and protect people on a daily basis. In Lab vocabulary, ‘work’ is not a four letter word (ok, well technically it is, but you catch my drift) — rather, it defines who we are as a breed. When we are working to assist our human friends, we get as much or even more in return. My favorite thing to do is bring smiles and comfort to the people I meet, and I know my fellow Labs feel the same.

There are a number of jobs us Labs get to do, so here are just a few of our favorites:

Search and Rescue — along with hours/days/weeks of training, our instinctive strong sense of smell leads us to people who may be hurt and helps us get them to safety.

Jewellan, a Canine Companions Assistance Dog

Assistance — like Search and Rescue Dogs, Assistance Dogs must go through extensive training so they can help people with disabilities. Because Labs are friendly and intelligent, we can do so much for our human friends who need guidance, hearing, medication reminders or to simply get around.

Therapy — this is my job! And boy, oh, boy, do I LOVE it. There is nothing better than seeing a smile or hearing a laugh when I meet new people, and making best friends at each visit really makes this my dream job.

Like our caregivers and staff at Cypress HomeCare Solutions, Labs care about people and are always looking for ways to show how much we want to help. I’m so proud and honored to be a part of this exceptional breed (and to work for Cypress!) and I’m happy to celebrate National Dog Week with my fellow canines!

Posted on September 27, 2012