Ivy

Ivy
Hello Miss Ami and Daisy!

My name is Ivy and I am one of the lucky dogs that was able to make it all the way through the Paws with a Cause training program. I am five years old and have been with my human partner, Jessica, for three years now. I am a certified service dog. Jessica has a physical disability called cerebral palsy and I must help her do things she can't do herself. Such as opening and closing doors, retrieving almost anything she needs such as her crutches, the phone, or money (my favorite). I also can go get help if needed, help Jessica get undressed, or pay cashiers when we go to the store.

Now that Jessica and I are back at Indiana State University, I get to catch lots of extra naps when we go to class. This person stands in the front of the room and talks and talks and talks while I sleep and then when I hear everyone putting their pens and paper away I know class is over, so I stretch, stand up and wait for Jessica to tell me to "Heel". Then we go off to another classroom where I get to sleep even more! It is great, but I am always ready at a moments notice to help Jessica whenever she needs me. Like the other day when she was putting money into a coke machine and dropped a dime and I got to pick it up for her and then I got to carry her coke after she handed it to me. Everyone around us was very surprised that I could pick up such a small object without swallowing it, but hey, that's what I am trained to do.

I am also glad that I get to be just a dog. Jessica says that all work and no play makes for a very boring life and I couldn't agree with her more. So to make sure I stay happy and fit she takes me outside twice a day to play fetch with a tennis ball. Inside I have a nylabone to chew on and other toys to play with.

Most of all though I love to work for Jessica doing any task that she needs help with. Everyone on campus adores me and always wants to pet me, but for some reason I have a sign on my harness that says "Please Don't Pet Me, I am Working." I wish everyone could pet me, but Jessica says that if people start petting me I might get distracted and not do a good job for her. She does allow them to say "Hi" to me though. That makes me happy. I hope you are enjoying being an excellent pet to Miss Ami.

Your buddy,
Ivy