Dogs are extremely intelligent animals by nature. A classic example of this intelligence is Major, the pit bull/lab mix who called 911 for his owner that has been in recent news. As a result of this action, Major has been accredited with saving his owners life.
According to news reports, Major was used as a service dog because of injuries sustained by his owner during military service. Because of these injuries Major’s owner now suffers from PTSD, also known as post traumatic stress disorder in addition to suffering from seizures as well. It was one of these seizures that prompted Major to act as he did. When his owner dropped his cell phone during a seizure, Major began repeatedly pushing buttons. This ultimately led to the phone automatically calling 911. if not for the intervention of Major, his owner may very well have died. This is how Major became known as the pit bull/lab mix who called 911 for his owner.
There are many reasons that dogs are used as service animals for people with various disabilities such as being blind or deaf. Take Major, the pit bull/lab mix who called 911 for his owner for instance. This pit bull/lab mix was smart enough to know that his owner was in trouble and needed help quickly. In addition to that knowledge he also had the intelligence to act on behalf of this need and ultimately get the help his owner needed. Aside from this intelligence, Major also possesses another remarkable quality and that is a fierce loyalty to his owner. It is this fierce loyalty that led him to seek help for his owner when he needed it the most.
Like Major, the pit bull/lab mix who called 911 for his owner, there are literally hundreds of other dogs that are used as service animals on a round the clock basis. Although there are many different breeds of dogs that are used as service animals, there are a large number of people that believe pit bulls and labs are the most desireable breed for a service dog. The biggest reason for this is largely due to their high level of intelligence and their fierce loyalty to their owners. After all, have you ever heard of a chihuahua acting as Major did?
Although dogs are highly intelligent, you should not automatically assume that any dog can or will act as Major, the pit bull/lab mix who called 911 for his owner did. As a general rule, dogs that are used as service animals go through rigorous and extensive training. This is what allows them to become the great service animals that we come to depend so heavily on.
If you or someone you know or love has a disability, you may want to remember the story of Major, the pit bull/lab mix who called 911 for his owner. Although you may not hear of stories such as this every day, it does happen much more than you might think. And who knows, the next life that is saved could very well be your own.