I had the opportunity to narrate the doggy demo. "Good morning ladies and gentleman, welcome aboard Airlines, flight 39, my name is Marshall-heck-yeah-Byers, and I'll be your pilot/flight attendant on this incredible flight to Disneyland today. Its open seating here at Summit Airlines, that means you can sit anywhere. (this is when all six dogs/handlers boarded the plane, then cued the dogs to "go in" under the chairs). I went on to explain to the crowd, how important it is to have a well trained service dog to meet the clients needs and lifestyle. I also pointed out the behavior they didn't see, things like jumping, pulling away from the leash, licking people/dogs near by, barking etc, etc.
I love these dog graduations for the value of meeting new outside members of the community. They bring a sense of true freedom and vibrancy. I feel rejuvenated and refreshed after mingling with these compassionate people. They all went home knowing I love to say "Heck Yeah" and give high fives, and that I'm the happiest prisoner they ever met.
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