For the past 15 months, Harlow the Golden Retriever has been hard at work training to be a service dog for her 20-year-old human, Jaquie Blake. Blake suffers from postural orthostatic tachycardia syndrome (POTS), a disorder of the autonomic nervous system, which can cause migraines, narcolepsy, dizziness and frequent fainting spells.
Harlow is training to be a medical alert and mobility service dog. She notifies Blake when she senses something bad is about to happen and she also helps her with every day things such as putting laundry away, getting a water bottle from the fridge, closing the dishwasher, and taking Blake’s socks off, among many others. Harlow knows how to get her leash, the house keys, and can pick up just about anything that Blake drops.
“Without her, I would be very limited in what I could do with my life,” Blake told CBS News. “Leaving the house by myself would be out of the question, let alone [pursuing] a college education and eventually my dream career (occupational therapist).”
You can keep up with Harlow’s training and her progress on her Instagram account, which has racked up more than 80,000 followers!
Watch how she helps out Blake in the video below:
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