According to Haley Ashmore, her dog Flynn goes above and beyond the call of duty. He’s become a lifeline for her. He could come to her aid if she needs it. It takes a lot of time and work to train an Australian Shepherd to be a medical alert dog, but they are becoming better at it.
A person who stopped to pet Flynn when he was just 7 months old, however, inadvertently injured Hailey as a result. Her story reminds that service dogs should not be petted or played with while they are on the job unless their owner agrees. Hailey and her devoted service dog, Flynn, are deeply connected.
We work as a unit. “He follows me wherever I go,” she adds. This is because Hailey is depending on Flynn to warn her and others if she is in danger.
Hailey, who is 16, suffers from epilepsy, Ehlers-Danlos syndrome, postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome, reactive hypoglycemia, severe allergies, gastroparesis, and asthma, among other conditions. Hailey was a dancer on the varsity drill team, as well as student council and the orchestra, according to Fetching Apparel’s interview with her. Because of her health issues, she now takes classes online and relies on caretakers. This is where Flynn comes into play.
Hailey got her devoted Flynn when he was a puppy and started training him as a medical alert dog right away.
He’s being trained to recognize potential seizures before they happen so Hailey can respond, seek help, and find a secure place where she won’t hurt herself. However, that didn’t happen all at once because someone wanted to pet Flynn. A well-intentioned gentleman walked over to say “hello” to Flynn while Hailey was at her family’s company.
“I urged him to stop petting Flyyn right away,” Hailey told. “I figured I’d have 10 minutes to get safe, take medication, and phone for assistance.” Unfortunately, I didn’t, and I got a horrible rug burn as a result.”
Hailey dropped out, and when she awoke, she had many scratches on her face from falling on the carpet.
Hailey was only a baby, and she was still learning to ignore anyone who stroked her dog. It’s tough not to say ‘hello’ to someone with such a warm personality as Hailey’s, but it’s excellent advise to keep in mind while looking at her injuries.
“My service dog is my lifeline. I don’t say that to be cute. He helps keep me alive just like life support. If he gets distracted this happens. If he gets distracted I can die. Do not pet service dogs. Do not call to service dogs. Do not taunt service dogs. Do not talk to service dogs. Do not do anything to service dogs. Thank you,” Hailey writes on Instagram.
“The only time somebody should ever approach Flynn and I is if I am unconscious and/or having a seizure. Besides that, nobody should try to pet or get near him,” explains Hailey.
“If you see a service dog in public please educate your children, your friends, your family, anybody else that they are doing a really important job.”