Just Another Year in the Life of a Saint Bernard Service Dog (D-D-Dog, D-D-Dog...)

Phoebe the dog has had quite a year exploring Los Angeles. She made friends with Spider-Man and Marilyn Monroe on Hollywood Boulevard, took a ride on a double decker tour bus and played in the dog park underneath the Hollywood sign. She even went to a Cirque Du Soleil show in Las Vegas and was called up on stage and swung from a trapeze and landed in a pool of cake and fire! That last part wasn't "true" in the sense that I was "lying." She really went to the show, though. She has met so many people and given me so many stories to tell that I hardly know where to start. So, I'll open with pictures. Everyone loves pictures. Horray, pictures!

This boss has a pretty great life. Then again, so do I.


P.S. The rest is still unwritten.


  1. Lauren,
    I am actually Becca's Mom - from Starbright World - she showed me this website and told me all about you and Phoebe...and I have to tell you that after reading all of this and learning about your service dog...I am just overwhelmed....

    First of all, your writing is just amazing...so different, and refreshing. And, I love your viewpoint because I have also been sick my entire life....I have spent my childhood indoors - watching the neighborhood kids play through the glass in the door - so, I too get that there are two worlds....I just never thought that my children would get to experience that other world. Because my girls were growing up as healthy kids, I thought that I got lucky...and that they had escaped the gene that cost me so many summer days running and playing with my friends...

    However, I guess I hoped too soon, because first my oldest daughter became ill at the beginning of her 9th grade year of high school...and then Rebecca woke up one day in her 10th grade year, after a season of Varsity Soccer, as a different kid, unable to get out of bed.

    I am writing to you today to first of all, tell you how wonderful I think your website is...and how touched I was by it all...

    And, second, to say thank you. For the work that you do with Starbright World...because it is not a world that I get to be a part of...but it is one that I am VERY GRATEFUL for...Because, it seems that until Rebecca found it, she was really struggling, and now, she seems to have found "her people" - and I know that sounds stupid...but, that is the only way I know to describe it.

    So, THANKS. And I look forward the the many adventures of Phoebe the Dog to come. I feel as if I already know her. And if I ever get to actually come to California, I definately want to meet her!!!!

    I have had the pleasure of encountering a working dog myself. My dentist was inspired by me to get a dog and train him to comfort patients that have a hard time at the dentist. I have actually been able to go to the dentist and have a few things done thanks to the new addition to the staff there...he is just amazing!!! And so very good at his job!!

    Keep up the great work!!!!

    Becca & Jessica's Mom

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