Tracy and Sam both suffer from spinal cord injuries and rely on wheelchairs to get around. Rocket is the first Helping Paws service dog to be trained to help two people! Even more impressive, is how Rocket has assisted Tracy and Sam in taking such great care of their seventeen month old daughter, Taylor. With all of this responsibility, Rocket never loses his personality or ability to have fun. Tracy loves the fact that Rocket is obedient and yet still is a character who makes them laugh.
Rocket and Taylor both share an abundance of energy and are constantly playing together. He allows Taylor to splash in his water dish and Taylor appreciates it when he fetches her toys. Mom and Dad are grateful for Rocket’s ability to take some of the physical demands of parenting off of them by picking up dropped toys and opening doors long enough for the whole family to get through. As you can imagine, a wheelchair and a stroller is a lot to manage without some help!
In addition to providing service to the Tabaka family, Rocket’s community outreach involves going to Early Childhood Education classes and to Story Time at the local library. This is where he becomes a part of teaching children about service dogs and people with injuries and how they all coexist together.
Tracy says she will be forever grateful to Rocket and Helping Paws. The positive impact that this experience has had on their family is immeasurable.
In One Word: LOVE
He is sweet and cute and for the Tabaka family he is LOVE.