Service Dogs by N.A.B.S.
Rocco was a stray we rescued, rehabilitated, and trained in 2010 to be a service dog for a local paraplegic woman, Sherry Govella who is wheel chair bound, for her companion.
N.A.B.S. was publicly recognized as the first non-profit in Brazoria County History to rescue, rehabilitate, train, then donate a $25K Service Dog to a Brazoria County resident.
Sergeant Major was trained for SFC (Retired) L. Troy Dick, a military man with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder, through N.A.B.S. in conjunction with Train A Dog Save A Warrior.
Santa delivered Ellie Mae to Michael, a boy with Asperger Syndrome (a high functioning autism) who suffers seizures and other problems on December 23, 2011.
Pam Cundiff, service dog trainer teaching the 'down' command to a group of 7 all at once.
Here are some rules of etiquette concerning service dogs:
· It is not polite to call to the dog,
· It is not polite to talk baby talk to a working dog.
· It is not polite to try to pet a service dog.
· It is not polite to do anything to bring the dog’s attention to you.
The dog has a job to do and any of those things are a distraction to the dog whose attention should be focused on its partner. Please help educate others so they are not guilty of breaking the rules. You may tell the dog’s partner how beautiful their dog is or ask questions to the human about the dog, but the best thing is to smile and politely pretend to not see the dog, as far as the dog is concerned. Yes, it is hard to do, but you will be doing the right thing. Doing the right thing always seems hard, but it is always rewarding in the end.