|Recruits working on first aid while our girl just chills|
With her jacket on Dylan is a different dog. It is amazing to me that she somehow understands that this is no time for being a dog, but a time to be a service animal. How? I wish I knew. So as the nurses were teaching skills to the students, Dylan was placed into service.
After having Dylan go into "cradle mode" Chris told a few students to place a splint on Dylan's leg as if it were broken. Three went into action and with great affection and care, proceeded to work on our girl.
|Getting ready with Dylan as the patient|
|Reassurance is important when working with a patient. Face and belly rubs help.|
|On goes the splint. Good job!|
|Being the support dog|
|Dylan is reassuring the patient.|
|Recruits breaking character by laughing|
It was great to see our Dylan in action. Doing what we hope will be her new lifetime job of being there for those in need. Chris also said she could see it in the faces of the recruits, the stress of becoming a new firefighter seemed to melt away with our girl there working hand in hand with them.
Maybe a new chapter for the fire academy is being written. Emotional support dogs for recruits.
I could see it happening!