Service Dog Helps With Cello Lessons

Written by Michelle O'Neil on January 23rd, 2010

We are homeschooling Riley these days and life is a lot less stressful. We do the bulk of academic work in the morning when Riley is fresh but there are still plenty of opportunities for Jingle to help. She goes with Riley to martial arts, to dance class, to clay sculpture class and to cello.  

In the picture above you see the ever loyal Jingle, resting at Riley’s feet. She’s been to every cello lesson thus far, and has only been called into service once. It was really cool how it all worked out that day. Riley got confused about the lesson and started to melt. I took the cello away and got her to the floor where Jingle moved in and did her thing. Riley’s amazing cello teacher got right down on the floor with them and together, they went over the music theory that had Riley stressed. They talked it through, Riley whimpering and stroking Jingle’s ear all the while. It was touch and go for a few minutes, but the crises was quickly averted.

Thanks Jingle!


4 Comments so far ↓

  1. Amanda says:

    Would you just look at that perfect posture? Cello certainly has some great side effects! :)

  2. you just gotta love dogs with floppy ears huh?

  3. Sally says:

    Hurrah Jingle!

  4. Naomi says:

    Love all of it!