The amazing and adorable service dog in training Harlow and her owner Jaquie join The Doctors.
The 16-month old golden retriever is in the process of becoming a service animal for Jaquie, who suffers from eight chronic illnesses, including postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), Ehlers-Danlos syndrome (EDS), narcolepsy and epilepsy. In addition to helping her owner, Harlow is helping to bring smiles to the faces of his over 100,000 followers on Instagram.
Beyond just sharing adorable photos and videos, Jaquie is using Harlow’s celebrity to help inform others about the importance of service dogs.
“I’ve been educating, not only what service animals can do, but also breaking a ton of misconceptions that are out there about service dogs. One of them is that they have to be registered, which just isn’t true in the United States,” she explains.
Jaquie shares that despite Harlow being present to help her, she’s had the police called on her for taking her service dog into certain establishments.
“They just have to be specially trained to mitigate my disability,” she explains of what is required to be deemed a service dog. She goes on to say that service dogs are allowed in “no pet” housing for no fee and allowed on airplanes. “My biggest advice to new service dog handlers and current ones is that you need to know your rights… the more knowledge you have the more you can advocate for yourself.”
See more of the adorable and talented Harlow in action on her Instagram page!