Gerria and Hearing Dog Mario
Gerria was partnered with Black Lab Mario in September 2010. She writes, “Mario is my hearing partner and has become very special to me, in the brief three months we have been together. Due to my past career as a firefighter and paramedic, I have significant hearing loss. The hearing loss has affected me in ways you cannot even imagine. I have 5 grandchildren and a school full of EMT, paramedic, and other medical related students who need my attention, sometimes very quickly. Mario is quick to tap me very softly on my leg to let me know someone is calling my name, which is very important in my business. Mario also retrieves items I drop because I cannot hear it when the item falls to the ground. This can mean losing my car keys, medical equipment, money, or important paperwork, just to mention a few items. Mario has quickly adjusted to Asbury College, our students at Emergency Medical Training Professionals LLC, grandchildren, and life on the run in Kentucky! Mario is so great at his job most people never know he is around, except for a recent trip to Washington DC. While at Ruby Tuesday’s on our way to DC from Kentucky, Mario like the good assistance dog he is quickly went ‘under’ the table and settled in while I enjoyed my dinner with my friend Mary Pat. We were remarking on how no one had noticed Mario under the table even though he is such a large dog, but the last laugh was to be on us. After paying the check I said to Mario let’s go hurry (the command Circle Tail uses for potty), and Mario must have really needed to ‘hurry’ – a large glass of ice water that I had left on the edge of the table went flying everywhere. Needless to say everyone noticed the lady who knocked over the water (and who had the pretty black lab)! Mario, it must be nice to be such a handsome fellow with a nice orange service vest with Circle Tail on it. Now about that blonde lady with you… Thank you Marlys and Circle Tail; my life is forever changed not only with Mario in it, but with the friends I have made at Circle Tail. What a blessing you are!"