Hi! My name is Valerie and this is my service dog Bella.
In October 2013, I received the most amazing gift, the opportunity to have a service dog assist me with my daily life. Since being paired with Bella I have realized just how little people (Myself included) know about everything involved with a service dog. Because of this I have decided to write this blog to shed some light on my experiences and information I have discovered in my short time as a part of a service dog team. This blog also documents my experiences with mental illness, and chronic headaches.
Now that I have been part of this team for almost 2 years. I have a better grasp on what it really means to have a service dog. I hope that even as I little as I write sometimes, that I can help other people to understand more about both mental illnesses and Service dog teams.
Please continue to follow Bella’s and my journey in this adventure we call life. If you have any questions or topics you’d like me to cover feel free to contact me but please note that I am not a lawyer so my advice should not be taken as legal counsel.
Also: I was paired with Bella through Katherine at the Animal Psychology Center in Rapid City.