Assistance dog song

***Pfotenpiloten, as an independent organisation, does not recommend any training centres or schools. Mentions in the article are therefore not to be understood as recommendations by Pfotenpiloten.***

Petra also shared the following story with us:

“My honey… to my soul, the best dog in the world. Of course, she doesn’t wear an assistant dog blanket at home. In the greatest need, she works immediately and without hesitation. In the video she cuddles with her monkey, sees of course that my nurse is filming her and asks herself of course: “Why do you call me for help to press the buzzer, although your nurse is sitting next to you?! But alright, I’ll press the buzzer anyway.”
A few nights ago I woke up at night and my finger was not on the bell button. It was slipped, I’m afraid. I can only talk very quietly under the respirator mask. Hardly anyone can hear me calling out. Honey sleeps in the room. It’s not a nice feeling when you wake up and you realize that you can’t make yourself noticed because you can’t get your finger on the bell button and your voice is too quiet to call out. But Honey immediately felt this fear and panic that came over me. I whispered her name more than I called it and immediately heard her footsteps in the dark. My heartbeat calmed down immediately, because I knew I could rely on Honey. She always helps when I need her – even without daily training.
Under the respirator mask I pressed out a quiet “Honey, help” and despite the darkness she tapped to the buzzer and nudged it immediately.
An assistance dog, just as you wish for. Although her field of activity has changed over the years, she was and remains the best comforter.
The ALS had hit me quite hard last year. I could no longer sit, I needed artificial respiration (sometimes for more than 24 hours), the oxygen content of my blood dropped to below 94 percent, and my diet is now based solely on drinkable food. Although I am now only sitting/lying in a wheelchair, Honey demands her cuddles. It is as if she is sharing her energy with me.
My children, grandchildren and Honey Bee as well as my iron will are the reason to live on and fight against this disease. And it works!
I’ve been without a respirator for eight hours today. The speaking works better and better, I am understood again and I sit again for some time.
I can also control the fingers of my right hand better again.
My oxygen level is back at 98 percent.
Giving up is not an option, and with Honey by my side it’s not an option anyway.”

Foto Hund und Halterin auf Bank :: Auf dem Foto schauen sich Assistenzhund und seine Halterin auf einer Bank sitzend in die Augen.

My friendship with Petra began in 2016 when I visited her for an interview. Together with friends and other assistance dogazubis we spent a wonderful day in Warnemünde, let the dogs play in the sea and finished the trip with Matjes rolls.

In 2018 Petra also took part in our story studio, where seven assistance dog owners could transform their stories into their own videos. (youtu.be/NHtjwfSVMvo). She also created a nice children’s book (Fackebooklink) and colouring book about assistance dogs.

Now she has written an assistance dog song and converted it into another video – to our knowledge the first assistance dog song.

Thank you, Petra, for your engagement!

***Pfotenpiloten, as an independent organisation, does not recommend any training centres or schools. Mentions in the article are therefore not to be understood as recommendations by Pfotenpiloten.***

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