31 Days of SMA: Sarah Rodriguez

31 Days of SMA: Sarah Rodriguez
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Day 6 of 31 Days of SMA Topic: Being a Certified Dog Trainer This is Sarah Rodriguez's ( @sarahandsidekicks ) story: Growing up with a disability, I always knew I was different; but when my family adopted our first dog at around 5 years old, my entire world changed. I was introduced to nonjudgmental, unconditional love by a little being who saw me for me and who had no expectations of what I should look like, or what abilities I should have. My love for her was enough, and I never felt more normal than when she looked at me with her loving eyes. She gave me a feeling of acceptance and love. Even though she has since passed, my world forever changed. I have been blessed to feel these feelings with dogs that came into my life after her as well. Each of them brought something unique and special to my life, and I always felt loved and accepted by each. Through this experience, I realized how life-changing the bond between humans and animals can be, and I was saddened to see how many people struggle to bond with their dogs because they don’t understand them or their needs. As I grew up, it became my dream to become a professional dog trainer. With limited mobility, it seemed like a near-impossible dream, but I was determined to try. The most daunting task of the certification process was passing the proficiency verification exam. I had to teach my dog a series of complex behaviors that seemed to require physical movements I could not achieve. I have spent my life adapting to my disability and trying to be creative and independent. Being new to training, it took a lot of trial and error to get it right. I was blessed to meet an experienced professional trainer at a conference who came alongside me and guided me, and became one of my closest friends. I was also blessed that my parents helped me get to conferences, so I could keep learning. I am also grateful for a sister who believed in me and always uplifted me. I am now doing what I am passionate about because of all the love and support of those closest to me, and the whole journey started with the unconditional love of a precious little dog. #SMAAwarenessMonth #SMAAwareness #31daysofsma2020

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Kevin Schaefer is a writer from Cary, North Carolina with SMA Type II. He studied English at NC State University with concentrations in film studies and creative writing, and since graduating he’s been focused on freelance journalism as well as writing comic book scripts. When he’s not writing or consuming excessive amounts of comic books and movies, he enjoys spending time with family and friends and considers himself blessed that they put up with his ramblings. He is the youngest of three and lives with his parents and dog Pandora. The dog gets the most attention.
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Kevin Schaefer is a writer from Cary, North Carolina with SMA Type II. He studied English at NC State University with concentrations in film studies and creative writing, and since graduating he’s been focused on freelance journalism as well as writing comic book scripts. When he’s not writing or consuming excessive amounts of comic books and movies, he enjoys spending time with family and friends and considers himself blessed that they put up with his ramblings. He is the youngest of three and lives with his parents and dog Pandora. The dog gets the most attention.
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