Bailey isn't a normal dog, in fact. She is a special service dog. Not all superheroes wear a cap or some tacky costume, but this superhero has four paws; a wagging tail and one happy smile when it comes to having adventures with her favorite human. Her best friend Maddie is a human who is chronically sick with many invisible chronic illnesses and disabilities, but they don't stop her as long as she has Bailey by her side. Together they have a special bond that doesn't stop them with their adventures between hospital stays, doctor appointments, school and anything in between. Wherever Maddie goes, Bailey is there on her side protecting and helping her become her own superhero on top of fighting for her life. Together they raise awareness for service dogs, illnesses and disabilities, in fact, without each other they won't be a team.
Hi, my name is Bailey but sometimes I go as Bay, I have four paws which sometimes my human little sister likes to paint my nails time to time, but I don't mind it; one happy wagging tail, which sometimes gets me into trouble when I accidentally knocked things over or whack people, two floppy ears that are a little too big for my head but I will grow into them but bows do help make me feel comfortable in my own ears and light pink belly which loves rubbing and even scratch time to time. I do have a heart-shaped birthmark on my tongue; my fur is the color of orange, golden color which is pretty to look at under sunlight, and I have the most beautiful color eyes which are light blue and green. Some of my favorite things to do are protect my human from evil squirrels, taking long naps with my girl when she isn't feeling so good and I also love having Netflix marathons and blogging on YouTube with my girl. I do enjoy going on adventures with her such as school, shopping at the mall with her friends, going to them the main hospital in the city that has all her doctors in place which I love because everyone there loves me.
When my girl is in the hospital doing a test, treatment or in a surgery, I stay with her little sister Morgan, who is also my little human which more like my mini buddy. My girl Maddie trusts her sister with me, besides I am important just like a superhero well more like a super dog. My girl trains me to listen to Morgan and protect her if something bad happens like if someone was trying to kidnap her, I stand my ground by barking so loud that the sound can get some attention for help. When I am with Morgan, she reads me some books or even plays fetch even though she hasn't really gotten the idea of the game which she ends up throwing the ball and then run after it just like I do. Morgan likes to help Maddie take care of me which also is helpful because sometimes I can get a handful when it comes to bathing and grooming, I sometimes I like to play a game called chase me if you can just for fun. Morgan likes to explore the hospital with me, which sometimes she gets us lost, but with my trusty nose, I find the way back to where we should belong, so we don't get into serious trouble or worse grounded.
Most people who see me are like "oh look a puppy, I am going to go pet it because it looks so cute" but really they don't see my Tardis blue service dog harness and leash that says things like "service dog; please do not pet me I am working; do not distract me; and other important patches. I do hate the fact that people try to pet and distract me when I am on duty protecting and alerting my girl when I am off duty then sure I am just a regular dog. I just don't come up to people and start to sniff them also pet them with my paw, which doesn't get me wrong it's a pretty funny idea and wrong too. My human loves Doctor Who and has a major crush on David Tennant which why I have Tardis blue color service dog harness and leash, and oh yeah don't tell her I said that which we should just keep it a paw secret between us. You see, if you distract me, I can put my human in danger when it comes to not alerting or helping her and it's my job to protect her and not fail her when it comes to her safety. Sometimes when people ask my human to pet, she either says yes or no, and she also teaches people why our service dogs are so important to someone like my human.
It's not always easy being a service dog, it takes a lot of training and lots of work to take care of me. I do get off duty breaks, but I always keep my eyes and stay close to my girl when she needs me. You know that saying that every superhero has a sidekick, well the superhero is Maddie and I'm her sidekick, but a dog, without me she would have died when she was about thirteen years old. I came from a special dog program called Paws of America, which is on the best programs in the country. I started to train to become a service dog when I was about six months old, back then when my trainer was training me, I was most interested in being a puppy and didn't care to learn how to do tricks or learning to behavior while working. I graduated from the program and was introduced to Maddie when I was a one-year-old, when is the first time I saw her is when I knew she is going to be my human the best friend. Ever since I was paired up with her, we have been unsupported just like a superhero and a sidekick.
I love going on adventures with my human, especially when we go to fun places like a park, so I can get some exercise by chasing evil squirrels away from Maddie, like one time I chased one so good that I caught one and brought it back to my human that her human the best friend Emily screamed like a little girl on a roller coaster at a haunted house theme park, I guess she didn't like my squirrel hunting skills unlike Maddie. Sometimes going on adventures, my girl Maddie has some sort of health issues that make us end up in the hospital, which she doesn't like being alone, so I do my best to confront her by snuggling with her until our family comes. The hospital staff doesn't mind that I am with her, in fact. They love me so much that every time I come I get tasty treats if it's okay with my girl which she always lets me get treats from the hospital staff. I do love it when I get lots of pets from the hospital staff and when I am with Morgan she tends to make sure I get lots of kisses and belly rubs.
I bet you are thinking how I can write this with no fingers, after all, I am just a dog, well I got the help of my little human Morgan who happens to know Maddie and myself good. Don't worry, I promise not to make this like one of these stories that are so boring that will put you to sleep. I will let you know ahead of time it's my part of the story so you won't get confused. Also, I hope you will learn a lot of about chronic invisible illnesses and disabilities also about service dogs. This story is not to make fun of anyone who has an illness or a disability or anyone who has a service dog, in fact, this story is to raise awareness. I really hope you can help some who is chronically sick or even have a disability, and not to judge someone who is dealing with a life-changing thing in life. Well, I guess you are getting tired reading this, so let's get started and begin our stories of adventures with my superhero Maddie and me.
My name is Madison but I go as Maddie, I am a fifteen-year-old teenager who has multiple chronic invisible illnesses and disabilities. You are probably thinking why I am too young to be chronically sick at my age, well my life has consisted of multiple doctors appointments, different types of tests, hospitals stays, and a number of medications that I have to take daily or even weekly depending on the medication. You could say I am a professional in dealing with being chronically sick, being in a special high school program and having a service dog. It's like I'm a superhero, which I am fighting for my life and trying to be a normal teenager. People have no idea how difficult it can be for dealing with multiple chronic invisible illnesses and disabilities.
Bailey is basically my sidekick, and I'm the hero, we are an awesome service dog team where everyone knows from our social media accounts which I share with my sister. Every day we vlog on what is happening with my health, school, what's trending on the internet, and of course, raising awareness for my important awareness that everyone should know. Yes, even Bailey helps with vlogging with us, which can be very difficult due to sometimes she just ends up licking the camera, or ends up take the GoPro cam in her mouth and run off it with it. Most of the time when she takes the camera, it ends up in weird places such as her dog bed, mom and dad's bathroom, the backyard in her doghouse and many other places around the house and yard. Bailey thinks everything is hers in the house even when it comes to personal space with a bed, it's not like we push her off to be mean, but she can really be a bed hog at times.
One of the coolest things about my mom is that she is a veterinarian at the local service dog program called Paws of America, that is where I got Bailey from. My mom thought we should become a puppy raiser before we officially get a service dog from the program, which isn't bad because my mom offers to help out in any way that she can with the program. We had about a couple of puppies placed with us for a short about of time, which we helped train. When we got our fourth puppy from the program, we got Bailey and I had instead bond connecting with her. Although my dad thought that Bailey was way too hyper to be placed with us due to all the medical issues and well she was only about six months old. Over the time my dad's bond grows with Bailey so much that he has trained her with some military dog tricks that can be helpful. Sometimes he takes Bailey to go trained at his Air Force military base, which everyone loves Bailey, and she has her very own military dog ID with her service dog ID. I do come along when I didn't have another doctor's appointment or hospital stays, everyone on the base knows my family and I even Bailey, of course, you can't miss the fluffy sometimes hyper dog hopping like a bunny.
My sister Morgan is also chronically sick like me, sometimes when both have to be hospitalized, we are both placed in a double patient room. It's a good thing that is hospital roommates because we can keep each other's company and its easier for our doctors, nurses and parents can find us with of course Bailey, who happens to sometimes likes to explore the hospital room and floor to either say hi to everyone or alert a hospital staff member to come right to the room for something is going wrong for one of us. There is a volunteer name Sarah who happens to love Bailey and helps us with her such as feeding, walking and making sure she gives Bailey off vest time when my mother isn't here to help. She also happens to my aunt, who volunteers at the children's hospital of Walt Disney Pavilion at Florida Hospital for Children which is close to Walt Disney World and Universal Studios.
Once in a while, we like to visit our uncle Shawn who happens to be one of the richest and well-known businessmen in Florida, he also owns a couple of the sports teams in Florida such as the Florida Miami Dolphins USA women soccer the Orlando Pride just to name a few. In fact, my cousin Savannah is a future Olympic soccer player on the Orlando Pride. She is the most talented and youngest soccer star. My other cousin Seth is the quarterback for the Miami Dolphins. You see my family is pretty much wealthy and very talented when it comes to sports. Both of my cousins spent lots of time creating fundraisers to help raise awareness for my invisible illnesses and help with raising money for a service dog, they had sports teams dinners to anything with bake sales. Their love and support, for me, are unbelievable, I wouldn't have Bailey without their help and instead of using their famous athletes' money, but they did put money in the many research funds for my sister and my chronic illnesses.
Sometimes I wish I can be a healthy athlete like my cousins and not be chronically sick all the time, you see I use to be a healthy athlete just like them but when I was little. I enjoyed the sport of competitive swimming when I was little, I was pretty damn fast when it comes to my favorite swimming events such as fifty and hundred freestyle and backstroke also replays. I miss swimming so much, that I miss the rush of swimming, the girls on my old swim team, the feeling of having your heart race so fast that it will fly out of your chest while trying to breathe normally after winning a race and so much more. My sister and I got the end of the stick when it comes to luck and with the family genes, we didn't choose to be chronically ill but it just happens to choose us. We are the only two that is sick in our family, which suck at times, but we end up fighting and never give up together.
The day my mother bought a puppy from the program. It was one of the happiest days in my life except for my dad comes home from being deployed after his tours. In fact, my mother had this idea of surprising my dad at the base with the puppy, but that didn't turn out so good because dogs are not allowed on the base in the areas that are restricted and there is a lot of danger areas with all kind if danger stuffs. Plus only dogs with special Id's are allowed on a base due to having special dogs to help out with many difficult tasks and since the dog wasn't a military dog. I know that if you bring a random dog on the base it can get pretty crazy with a hyper dog and the people will get very easily distracted. When the military dogs on the base see squirrels, it's the funniest thing like the seagulls in Finding Nemo that keep saying mine until they finally chase them up trees.
Anyways ever since my mom has brought Bailey home, my family and I have bonded much better. We have never been so close together, sometimes I wonder how lucky I am to have Bailey in my life, and I have no idea what will happen if it didn't have her. Bailey is one special dog. She has filled so much energy, happiness and well a bundle of surprises. I am very thankful to have her in my life, and I have no idea what I will do without when I have health issue going on. I'm really glad my parents let me have a service dog and letting me be independent without asking for help all the time. Well here is too many awesome adventures to come and all of the best little moments in life.