Adorable Service Dog Dresses In PPE To Assist Disabled Scientist Owner
Life would be tragic if you encounter a terrible accident, but you can’t change what already happened. At that moment, the only thing that matters is overcoming the problems and moving on with your life. It might be difficult, but we’ll away have many people and even animals who are ready to stretch out a helping hand whenever we need them.
Joey Ramp was once a passionate professional horse trainer, until her life was suddenly turned upside down due to a horrible horse-riding accident back in 2006. The awful disaster broke 23 of her bones, damaged her prefrontal cortex as well as the left side of her body.
But Joey Ramp was definitely not a quitter. After the painful polo accident, the woman decided to go back to school to study more about brains and neuroscience. Thankfully, Joey was not alone. Her new friend, a service dog named Sampson had been right there to help Joey deal with all the troubles.
With the help of Sampson, Joey has gained two BA degrees in neuroscience and is still working on her PhD in the laboratory at the University of Illinois. Things were complicated at first, as Sampson wasn’t allowed to enter the lab to help her out. However, Joey didn’t plan to give up on her boy, as well as her dream.
“I couldn’t possibly navigate academics or a neuroscience program without his assistance,” said Joey. “There’s more focus on the dog than the service they are providing, and they were barring an entire population of students from entering lab work and ultimately the STEM field.”
After a long time of discussing, the university agreed to let the dog in, as long as they follow some certain guidelines in the lab, including wearing full PPE (which, let’s admit, makes him look even more adorable).
Sampson the golden retriever was also trained to adapt to some strict rules in the laboratory, and luckily, the boy did a great job!
Currently, Joey is working hard with other universities to help more service dogs earn the right to get into the lab. So hopefully, in the near future, we’ll be able to witness even more scientific achievements created with the help of our lovely four-legged friends.
“It takes the mystery out of what a service dog does and how you can accommodate them in a lab,” Joey said. “It also gives handlers an idea of what training their dog requires, because learning to wear goggles takes time.”
Let’s check out our cute and smart Sampson:
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