Bumper is going to be my Dad’s official heart disease service animal! She is great at calming him down and will be carrying all of his emergency medication. She’s almost nine years old and has already spent the first of half her life being a faithful and attentive companion dog to both of my parents. Now she will go into service for the other half.
She is a sharp, compassionate dog who understands commands in English, Cantonese and Mandarin, can travel quietly for hours, even days at a time, and already accompanies my dad everywhere as it is. She used to to answer the phone by pushing on a large orange button, and has used speed dial with speaker phone on my parents’ old giant-button phone.
Of course she can “talk” on the phone and has demonstrated repeatedly that she understands its use as a communication device.
Although I don’t have pictures of Bumper at the hospital with my parents, she was there every other day, alternating with Halle.
Here is a picture my dad’s beloved Bumper, the 7.5 pound Miniature Pinscher:
I had to include a photo of Bumper as a puppy because she was so crazy-cute: