After Ginny received deep brain surgery in 2014, bilateral in the GPI, she wanted a companion to be the buffer of her world and to help her world to grow. Along came Snoopy, adopted from the local shelter she volunteers at, and trained to be her emotional support service dog by a dear friend who specializes in training and by Ginny, whom had trained her previous golden retriever to do the same thing.
Before Snoopy came into Ginny’s life, she was anxious to go places, join communities, and to walk around the block by herself. In the last few years, with Snoopy by her side, her world has expanded to taking chances, making new friends, joining new communities, volunteering at more places, and joining a running program that would have Ginny go from walking around the block in August 2015 to running the TCS New York City Marathon in November 2018, which is running 26.2 miles.
With a local village to help them daily, with more confidence and empowerment, volunteering and bring cheer either at a running club, a counseling center, or visits around to her neighbors who need some comfort. Also, snuggles and rest days when Myoclonus Dystonia or bumps in the road being bionic, create sadness and hard days and takes a toll on Ginny’s mind, body, and soul, having Snoopy curl up with her is irreplaceable medication. Then, walking or running around the neighborhood and having many stop them and focus their attention on Snoopy, who has a bigger fan club than anyone, to be her copilot in life- helping her confidence in driving, that has aided Ginny to take many leaps and bounds and chances and challenges to live life to the fullest and to be her truest self in a long while.
And yes, Snoopy looks mighty adorable when off duty; (yet, even then, he is curled up, in close proximity, taking long nap, as he certainly deserves, as he has been by Ginny’s side, changing her life for the better, in insurmountable ways for the last 3 years.