More than love­able, our furry friends are hard work­ing

South Shore Breaker - - Health& Wellness - TRACY JESSIMAN RE­CY­CLED LOVE re­cy­

Dogs have right­fully earned a cov­eted spot in our so­ci­ety. They have al­ways been adored as goofy fam­ily pets, how­ever, they have trans­formed to be­come well­re­spected, hard-work­ing mem­bers of our com­mu­ni­ties.

Dogs are in­cred­i­bly in­tel­li­gent and they have proven that fact many times to us through their de­vo­tion and their hard work. I was very im­pressed to learn re­cently that dogs now have a new role to play within our so­ci­ety.

The po­si­tion is so new only one dog on this planet can do the job cur­rently. Her name is Molly and she is the worlds first dog that can sniff out il­le­gal per­for­mance en­hanc­ing sub­stances used by some ath­letes.

Molly is a beau­ti­ful Springer Spaniel who was bred is North­ern Ire­land and now lives in Swe­den. She spent six months train­ing with Swedish cus­tom of­fi­cers. She can sniff out steroids and testos­terones hid­den in gels, tablets, liq­uids and pow­ders. Th­ese sub­stances have been pre­vi­ously used by some ath­letes who may; weight lift, play hockey or foot­ball and cy­cle. I would haz­ard a guess dogs like Molly will be­come ex­tremely pop­u­lar among many dif­fer­ent facets of the sports world.

As you are aware dogs al­ready work in­cred­i­bly hard and dili­gently for us ev­ery­day. The sim­ple work­ing dog on a farm has a very dis­tinct role to play for the es­tate to sur­vive. They herd sheep or cat­tle in the fields and safe­guard foul from preda­tors. They alert the work­ing farmer when some­one un­known ar­rives on the prop­erty.

Well-trained dogs can serve as a great source of com­fort for chil­dren dur­ing emo­tional court pro­ceed­ings. A calm dog will al­low a shy child to read out loud to them for as long as the child needs or is will­ing. Ther­apy dogs bring great plea­sure joy and warmth to el­derly in­di­vid­u­als in re­tire­ment homes or hos­pi­tals. Th­ese same dogs can visit uni­ver­si­ties, col­leges and high schools dur­ing exam time to help re­lieve some of the stress stu­dents may be feel­ing. Ther­apy dogs are of­ten at air­ports to wel­come pas­sen­gers after long, in­ter­na­tional flights.

Our board­ers are pa­trolled by highly trained dogs that are skilled to sniff out food, bombs and il­le­gal drugs. Trained po­lice dogs can help track down flee­ing crim­i­nal sus­pects and they may also be trained to find corpses. Th­ese same dogs can grab hold of a crim­i­nal and pin them to the ground un­til po­lice ar­rive.

Ex­tremely skilled, trained dogs can help in­di­vid­u­als cop­ing with post trau­matic stress dis­or­ders. Th­ese dogs can alert an in­di­vid­ual be­fore they have a panic at­tack or even awaken them from ter­ri­ble night­mares. Dogs as­sist in­di­vid­u­als liv­ing with dis­abil­i­ties and help them gain in­de­pen­dence. Th­ese dogs may help them be­come mobile and of­ten help peo­ple live in­de­pen­dently.

Dogs are amaz­ing crea­tures and my de­vo­tion and re­spect for them grows each year. Of course, they also need to be pro­tected and most im­por­tantly loved and cher­ished. I hope to spend the rest of my life de­voted to pro­tect­ing and ad­vo­ca­tion on their be­half.

Please be kind to an­i­mals.

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