Sugar, Therapeutic Companion Service Animal

by Rhonda Roberts
(Branson, MO.)

My Little Angel Got Her Wings
Sugar the Papillon Service Dog

My story starts with a Little Papillon no bigger than a minute. She was full of life, had more spunk than most dogs I've ever owned and whatever you do don't tell her that she really wasn't a short Rottweiler!! She was determined to take care of me no matter what, and that included protecting me.

First I should say that Yes, she was a Service Dog. She was a Therapeutic Companion Fur Family Member (I have no pets, just Fur family members!) She was my constant Companion 24/7. I suffer with a Chronic Bowel Disorder, Crohn's Disease that has left me disabled now for going on 26 years. With that I have faced many times of Stress, Anxiety, Anguish, and debilitating Depression which sometimes kept me isolated for weeks on end. I always had SUGAR to count on though, she never let me down, she never left my side. Regardless of my day, rather good or rather bad, she was there. She was the ONE and ONLY constant in my life, the only thing I could count on.

Most people don't recognize small dogs as having the ability to serve. It really depends on the task at hand; for me and my needs she was Perfect In Every Way.

And again the issue of Mental illness isn't always considered as a need for a service animal. Well, they've shown that many of our Men and Women coming home from the war that have PTSD are doing fine after receiving their Service Animal. I was diagnosed with PTSD many years before this was even an issue. I'm glad it's now being recognized.

I wanted to write this because my Littlest Angel Sugar was called home to our Lord on November 20th, 2012. She was the only thing that saved my life and without her I'm a broken person just taking one minute at a time. I wanted to honor her memory because she served so well and deserves so much more than she ever received. So please remember her with all the rest as one of the Greatest Service Dogs in The World. Thank You.

Rhonda, we are very sorry to hear about your loss and the physical and mental challenges you face. Many thanks for taking the time to write to honor the memory of Sugar and to let others know that service dogs come in all sizes and temperaments. We will be sure to highlight this when we display her photos in upcoming Monthly Dog Shows. Please feel free to write more about her or any other members of your Fur Family. Jo

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by: Heidi

I agree with what my sister Viki says; I miss Patches Girl as we all called her too.

When my Ladybug, a yellow Lab/Dachschund mix, died of cancer in May 2010, she was a companion animal. I always told her if she was bigger she would have been a good Service Dog. When I held her as she took her last breath, I cried and cried. She knew when I was aching or when my heart was acting up.

But in July a friend who works for a Sheriff's office down south told me about a couple who had puppies and then I got the mom who was 1 1/2 years old at the time and her daddy is a K-9 drug sniffing dog.

Ladybug would be happy as my new SD looks just like her except a bigger version so each day I feel like Ladybug is right beside me since she sent me Melanie Precious One Ladybug.

I will leave you with Rainbow Bridge for you to read; then like viki reminds you, if another one comes into your life, get it.

Viki's new SD Mildred is so beautiful, a black Lab.

Rainbow Bridge
Just this side of heaven is a place called Rainbow Bridge.

When an animal dies that has been especially close to someone here, that pet goes to Rainbow Bridge.
There are meadows and hills for all of our special friends so they can run and play together.
There is plenty of food, water and sunshine, and our friends are warm and comfortable.

All the animals who had been ill and old are restored to health and vigor; those who were hurt or maimed are made whole and strong again, just as we remember them in our dreams of days and times gone by.

The animals are happy and content, except for one small thing; they each miss someone very special to them, who had to be left behind.

They all run and play together, but the day comes when one suddenly stops and looks into the distance. His bright eyes are intent; his eager body quivers. Suddenly he begins to run from the group, flying over the green grass, his legs carrying him faster and faster.

You have been spotted, and when you and your special friend finally meet, you cling together in joyous reunion, never to be parted again. The happy kisses rain upon your face; your hands again caress the beloved head, and you look once more into the trusting eyes of your pet, so long gone from your life but never absent from your heart.

Then you cross Rainbow Bridge together....

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You will be in my prayers!
by: Viki Gentilman

I am so sorry that our dogs cannot live as long as we would like. My girl, Patches, has been gone now for about 3 & 1/2 years. I miss her you will your Sugar. Patches probably met her on the Rainbow Bridge. She had a boyfriend, a Papillon, who was in love with her as well.

If the right dog comes into your life, accept as a gift from Sugar...pre-screened so to speak. Don't think you will make Sugar mad. She wanted to take care of you on earth so why would she stop from beyond?

The laws have changed as to definations of pet, companion, therapy and service dogs. A pet we are used to...a dog that is home bound but much loved. Outside of a pet store or dog park the pet is not covered by public access. The companiom dog is a dog that is trained for one person but doesn't go into public because of behavior problems. They are used by children or adults..and more times than not were service dog trained but were not interested in public work, such as behaving nicely. They are NOT allowed in stores or eating establishments even though they were trained in public.

Therapy dogs are trained for general work in nursing homes, hospitals, children homes or other group settings. They are NOT allowed in other places of the public from the list above...service dogs are the only dog that can go anywhere.

by: Lisa

Oh my. I hate it when companions pass on. I know I will have to deal with this eventually and I do not know how I will handle it. Your story educated me about service animals and saddened me with your loss. My sympathies.

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