When it comes to picking a breed for a service dog, Golden Retrievers and Labradors often make it to the top spot – thanks to their calm temperament. On the other hand, energetic breeds like dalmatians, for instance, typically don’t get chosen for such a role. However, this adorable dalmatian puppy from Australia has recently changed that.
Ethan Dower, hailing from Brisbane, Australia, was only four years old when he was diagnosed with autism. Thankfully, his mom, Joanne, happened upon Assistance Dogs Australia (ADA) a year later, a non-profit that provides free service dogs to disabled people in the country.
Through the help of the organization, Ethan was immediately matched with a black Lab named Bella. The canine had brought about a massive improvement in the boy’s quality of life and significantly helped him cope with his condition. However, Bella had to retire as his service dog two years ago after having surgery on her leg.
Realizing the positive impact of dogs in their lives, Joanne decided to adopt another puppy to join their family. This time, she thought of getting a dalmatian for her husband, Rick, who recently finished a 12-month post in the military.
She initially thought of getting the puppy as a pet at first. But upon meeting the sweet and calm dalmatian pup they named Rorschach, she quickly realized that he could be a service dog for Ethan, too.
Coincidentally, a team from ADA came to their home around that time to ask if they wanted a new service dog for the boy. That was when Joanne mentioned Rorschach and asked if he could be trained as an autism assistance dog. Fortunately, after assessing the pup, Rorschach proved to be a perfect fit for the role and had since undergone training.
He was the organization’s first-ever non-Retriever or Labrador trainee, and they all fell in love with him immediately. Rorschach had also taken up PTSD training to help his fur dad, Rick, simultaneously. Look at the adorable service dog in training here.
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