Okay so that title might be a little exaggerated but I had to say it. This morning I woke up to my 15 minutes of fame and honestly I am hoping to use it. For those of you who don’t know, a photo that was taken at my wedding January 9th went viral.
Just a little background on what is going on. My wedding photographer Maddie P took a photo of Bella and me before the wedding on Saturday. This morning, I woke up to a message from a friend asking me if anyone had told me that Bella and I had made the front page of reddit.com. For a while we were even #3, which was incredible. Now over a million people have viewed this image and multiple news stations have contacted us for interviews. It’s absolutely insane.
Here is the thing, all day I have been trying to find the right words to blog about this. But honestly I don’t have any. This is the perfect moment to use to teach others that service dogs can be for so many different illnesses both visible and not, but I cant seem to find what to write.
Part of my issue is that this topic is so important to me. Every time I see this photo shared and liked and commented on, all I can think is “if this helps just one person I will be happy”. And while all I am asking is to help one person, that is a lot of pressure. I have tried so hard for 2 years to educate to my small gathering of people, that being thrown into millions of viewers is like taking away my safety net and still making me walk on a high wire. Just as I am thinking about all this Bella is laying on top of me wanting me to take a break.
So I guess I will just say this.
The best part about this whole thing is that I can finally help educate more people about service dogs. Every time a news station contacts me, all I can think is how amazing this is for our community. So many people don’t know that service dogs can be used for so many invisible illnesses. The other thing is a lot of people look at a service dog team and forget that it is because of that partnership, that both dog and handler can not only survive life, they can thrive at it.
My last thing is this, Thank you to everyone who is supporting Maddie, Bella, Andrew and Me during this insanely crazy day. I hope that as this small limelight continues, I can use it to continue educating my area on what it really means to have a service dog and be apart of this team.
Here are all the links from today
And Maddie’s FB page