My Service Dog, Zeus
I got a 6 month old blue merle Aussie about 14 years ago. He was to be trained as my service dog and help me through college and life. The trainer told me it would take time to teach him to use a backpack, but the first time I put it on him, he knew exactly what to do.
He is the smartest dog I have ever known and was my emotional rock, as well as physical stability. He could alert my seizures and vertigo and if I got upset, he laid in my lap and forced me to pet him. One day, we were in a crowd of people and a young woman was against the wall crying. Zeus went over to her, sat down and put his paws on both her shoulder. She pulled him close and just cried into his fur. Everyone around awwed at how sensitive Zeus was to this woman who just needed a friend.
In college, where I trained to be a photographer, Zeus would help carry equipment and school books. Because he was always with me, he became a model for photography classes and started doing photography work. He has met many celebrities, all of whom (except Mario Lopez) wanted their photo taken with him. He has been truly the best friend I could ever have. Although his days of work are now gone, as he has a few health issues of his own, he is still my best friend and no other dog will ever be able to take his place.