As you may know, Loren, a min pin, is a service dog. Therefore, Loren’s tale is best told by the one person who knows and loves him best: his “Mommy,” Angie. Here, then, in Angie’s own words, is “Loren’s Story.”
This is Loren, my “Yum-Yum!” He is a twenty month old Miniature Pinscher. We are very close. He is like a child to me.
Loren has a unique quality about him. Early on, we discovered he can sense when my blood sugar rises and falls. More so, he is very in tune with my emotional needs. Since the loss of our children due to premature birth, I suffer Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder, as well as major Clinical Depression. We started Loren in service training around three months old. He trained with Kelley Ireland at Kelden’s K9 Behavior, in Glencoe, Alabama. He has completed his service training, and is nationally certified with S.A.R.A. and U.S.S.D.R. He also has completed a “Manners Matter” class at PDX in Chattanooga, TN
Loren has many coats and sweaters with his name and title on them, as you can see from this picture.
The second picture is Loren with me at Memorial Hospital in Chattanooga, TN. I had been out of heart surgery about an hour when this was taken. Loren stayed at my side during my entire hospital stay. Adam would take him out to potty. The whole team – doctors, nurses, and admissions – were so attentive to our needs, and very supportive of Loren, and were very savvy about service animals. Still, this day and age, there are so many that aren’t, so service animal education is vital!
We live in Alabama. On a typical day at home, Loren loves to play with his sissys, especially Lizzie. We think he’s particularly attached to her because he was little when he came home, and she is little. She can put him in his place though! Loren loves to travel and ride in his stroller, but he is not fond of strangers or children.
Loren’s personality can be best noted as curious! He loves both Adam and me, but I think it’s clear to say he is my baby! His birthday is July 22, 2007, which is special; my birthday is July 11th! When we first found out about Loren, he was two days old. He was born on a Sunday, so we first saw him at one week old. The owner of the mother told us that “the puppy” was a girl. Well, we didn’t look, and continued to visit every week on Sundays. We decided “her” name would be Lauren. The fourth week, Adam called me from work, and had just found out our new baby was a boy! We didn’t care! He was in our hearts, so we changed Lauren to Loren. He does have one significant thing, or rather, Momma has it for him – his signature color is tiffany blue!
Thank you, Angie, for sharing your story with us!