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When Paws Are Props

Assistance dogs, with their wondrous capabilities, are helping human buddies put their lives back on track

When Paws Are Props
Atul Loke
When Paws Are Props
outlookindia.com
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Bounding off the side of the bed that he shares with human buddy, Sanam Rabadi, 25, Magic was by her in a flash. Paralysed waist down, Sanam can neither bend nor pick up objects. Reclaiming the fallen remote in his mouth, the glossy black-coated dog returned it like a well-trained Jeeves, gently releasing the device when Sanam, who can't open her fists, got an effective grip on it. Duty done, the tail-wagging butler waited for his baksheesh, a loving pat from Sanam. Thus fondly dismissed, he was back on the bed resuming his "I'm just a hungry mutt" pose.

Intelligent, caring and hugely affectionate, Magic is India's prescription pet no. 1. An all-in-one dogsbody who'll function as housekeeper, phone operator and caregiver for his human mate. An assistance dog-in-training, Magic was paired with Sanam two years ago to show how canis familiaris can change human lives. Just as guide dogs help the blind cross roads and hearing dogs lead the hearing impaired towards the sound of a ringing doorbell, these assistance dogs provide cheerful support to the disabled.

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