Lavender

This is my coworker Lavender. She is a 3-year-old Black Labrador-Golden Retriever mix. Lavender is a service dog specially trained by Canine Companions for Independence. She is trained to pull my wheelchair, open doors, and pick up dropped items, among other tasks.

She accompanies me everywhere, but when we are out she is working, so please do not be offended if she doesn’t visit you. It is helpful to Lavender and me if people do not pet her or talk to her like they might a normal pet dog. This is because I use verbal commands and physical and verbal praise as a reward, so it can be distracting to her when she is doing her job.

Also, Lavender is a dog, not a robot, so please forgive her if she periodically gets distracted or makes a small noise.

Thank you for your understanding.