Diamond the Terrier and Banjo the Labrador Retriever

Here are some pictures I took of my dog, Diamond, and my mom’s dog, Banjo. Both dogs live in the same house with me and my parents, so I sorta kinda consider Banjo my dog, too. Diamond is a four year old purebred Red Nose Brindle Pit Bull Terrier, and Banjo is a one-and-a-half year old purebred light cream Labrador Retriever.

Diamond, the rescue Pit, is my owner trained multipurpose service dog for psychiatric alert and response, autism assistance, and medical alert and response. She’s fully task trained and public access trained, as well as a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen. Both her and Banjo passed their AKC Canine Good Citizen (CGC) tests at just a year old. The tester even complimented me on my training skills, especially since I was at a young age of just 15/16 years old at the time.

Banjo, the goofy Lab, is my mom’s multipurpose service dog for mobility assistance and psychiatric response, whom I trained for my mom. He’s fully task trained and public access trained, as well as a certified AKC Canine Good Citizen.

Diamond is my life-saver. I don’t know what I’d ever do without her. She has helped me in many ways, including keeping me from fainting with her very helpful low blood sugar alerts. She interrupts my self-harming behaviors (scratching), and even guides me during episodes of dizziness or dissociation. Of course, she can do many more than just this. She’s just such a smart doggy.

Many people don’t know this, but all service dogs have “off-days” where they may be a little more distracted and what-not, but the majority of the time, they are well-behaved and know when they need to help their handler. Other than the occasional off-day, Diamond and Banjo follow their obedience and task commands perfectly.

Diamond and Banjo both love to learn something new. They’re people-pleasers for sure. LOL. Submitted by Jennica F.

Elliot the White English Cream Golden Retriever

Elliot just turned 11 months old. He was 10 months in the photos that are being sent. He is a White English Cream Golden Retriever and we got him at eight weeks old. He amazes us everyday with the things he does. He LOVES the pool, and being in water, and truly loves to play fetch. At night he has to get on my husband and I’s bed, with my youngest daughter (16 years old) and roll all around, taking the covers in his mouth to cover himself and then just lay there. After my daughter says goodnight, he lays still between my husband and I for about five minutes, moves to the other side of my husband and stretches out, lies there five more minutes, then sits up on the edge of the bed… waits… sits… waits… then after about 10 minutes he gets down and lays on the floor! This has to be his nightly routine or he cries and whines until everyone is there together! He needs to have someone petting him at all times when we are sitting, and he watches TV, depending on the show! I cannot imagine our lives without him. Submitted by Valerie C.

Shadow the Labrador, Golden Retriever Mix & Sassy the Australian Shepherd, Sheltie Mix

I’m sorry but I just had to send photos of both my dogs because they are so inseparable! Shadow is a five year old female Black Lab, Golden Retriever mix and Sassy is a three year old female Aussie, Sheltie mix. They always seem to be involved in off-the-wall antics trying to one up the other. As you can see they are never far from each other. The puppies in these dogs are going to be around for quite awhile. Submitted by David B.