Last month, a valued member of the Lee’s Summit CARES staff retired. He is ten years old. Before you think we violated labor laws, let me clarify that our co-worker is a service dog. His human age equivalent is 66 years old. For those who have worked with our Director Roby Little, you too have become acquainted with her service dog, Black Cat, also known as BC.
BC had very specific work roles here at the office, as he assisted Roby by carrying items, picking dropped items from the floor and helping her keep her balance. Now that BC is retired, he can take off his service vest and play all day if he wants.
His tenth birthday and subsequent retirement was a bittersweet day for me. As a co-worker, I feel his absence. BC wasn’t supposed to be my friend, as he worked here at the office. But he is also a beautiful and friendly dog, and I felt reassured by his presence. A service dog is trained to follow directions, persevere, exhibit self-control and be kind.
In today’s world there are many working dogs, while at one time, guide dogs were the norm. Today there are search and rescue dogs and K-9 law enforcement officers who serve others selflessly and courageously. There are social dogs who work in schools and nursing homes, and dogs to assist autistic and diabetic children. What I have learned is when you see a working dog you leave them alone so they are not distracted from their job.
I thank BC for his years of service to assist Roby. BC, I miss you. Now that you are retired I have a dog treat waiting for your next visit.
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