Working dogs live to work. This sentiment comes barreling home when we go to the shelter and find an assistance dog there. These are not just pets, sometimes not pets at all; they are workers to help living independently or safeguard our valuables. And some are not dogs; rather they can be small horses, cats and so many other types of animals.
These animals are specially trained for the work they do. Sometimes they help keep a person safe from a health standpoint or they may retrieve items like the phone or let a person know that the phone is ringing or someone is at the door (for a blind or deaf person). There are so many different types of work these dogs do to help us each day, so we can live a productive life.
When not working these animals are truly at a loss, they can go into a depression if not working for an extended period of time and not being allowed to work. Even animals that are older and retired are given some work to do at times to keep them activity. It is very hard for these working animals to stop working however almost without exception they must retire at point. www.seattletimes.com