~ Sienna and Odette ~
Almost two years ago, Sienna met Odette. Not only is Odette an amazing companion, but she also helps Sienna navigate the sounds of the world around her.
In late 2019, Odette, a blue and silver phantom standard poodle, was born. Around this time, Sienna had been searching for a service dog. Sienna has struggled with hearing loss and, as a result, finds navigating the world around her to be daunting.
During her search for a service dog to help Sienna with the sounds of the world, a trainer found Odette. Following an aptitude test, Odette was found to be a very driven and determined dog. It was then that Odette started her training to become Sienna’s hearing dog.
A hearing dog can help alert their handler to a sound, such as a phone ringing or an alarm. They also act as a companion, and each dog is specifically task trained to help with the needs of their human.
Both with Sienna and at a training facility, Odette has spent more than a year training. It has been life-changing for Sienna. She is able to be more confident when out in the community and feel safer. Odette lets Sienna know if the fire alarm is going off when she is asleep, can retrieve the phone if it’s ringing, and more. The most amazing impact has simply been allowing Sienna her newfound independence.
When Odette is off-duty, she loves playing fetch. She has many different toys that she very much enjoys chasing after! They both love spending this time together. It’s their time, to simply be and enjoy each other’s company.
The bond between Sienna and Odette is truly amazing. The love they share for one another is beautiful. Odette has given Sienna independence and confidence and has obviously had such a huge positive impact. The care they share is immeasurable and they truly make such a great team.