Musa is a must-have dog
WHEN people say ‘You don’t look like you need a service dog’, Mt Claremont resident Robbi Flynn simply replies ‘Well, that’s because I have one’. Ms Flynn said her labrador cross mastiff Musa was a typical 20-month-old annoying puppy who chewed on her wallet and stole chicken off dinner plates while at home. But as soon as he puts on his special vest to go out in public, Musa knows he has a very serious job to do. “Musa is in training to become a psychiatric service dog to help with my post traumatic stress disorder and bipolar,” the 25-year-old said. “When I get anxious I generally twitch with my hands and fiddle more, so I’m teaching him to come and nudge me with his nose as if to say: ‘Hey, you’re getting a bit nervous now, take a breather’. “The most important task I use with Musa is deep pressure therapy, which basically just looks like him sitting on me. “He leans back into my chest until my heart rate has balanced with his. Its just like human-animal instinct, you naturally want to bond together.” Ms Flynn was 20years-old when she trained her first service dog, jack russell cross corgi Comix. “Honestly, I would not be here today if it weren’t for my dogs,” she said.
Robbi Flynn and service dog in training Musa.