A 6-Year-Old Paralyzed Girl Meets His Potential Golden Retriever Service Dog And Forms An Immediate Connection With The Pup

A 6-Year-Old Paralyzed Girl Meets His Potential Golden Retriever Service Dog And Forms An Immediate Connection With The Pup

Juliette is a 4 months golden retriever, presently working with trainers to help Memphis Rose, who has recently been injured in an automobile accident. Memphis Rose is a 6-year-old paralyzed girl, struggling for life at the St. Mary’s Medical Center in West Palm Beach, Florida. She met Juliette for the first time on July 27, and it was love at first sight.

 When Juliette saw the 6-year-old Memphis Rose, she jumped onto her lap and started licking and cuddling. Gayrene Meade, her mother, said that her daughter has a great deal of respect for veterans and that is why she was so delighted to see Juliette. She smiled wholeheartedly and that was the first time in the past few weeks. When she learned that this adorable dog was going to be hers, her smile became wider and she expressed her happiness by opening up her arms to cuddle Juliette. 

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That was a great moment for Gayrene since Memphis was injured. 

It was a multi-vehicle collision that led Memphis to paralysis.

A 6-Year-Old Paralyzed Girl Meets His Potential Golden Retriever Service Dog And Forms An Immediate Connection With The Pup

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On June 7 evening, Gayrene Meade received the devastating news that her daughter Memphis Rose, her mother Tanya Meade, and her uncle Kenneth Graden had been injured badly. Tanya Meade and R L Kenneth Graden were involved in a head-on, multi-vehicle collision at Wellington. Kenneth Graden was sitting in the front passenger seat, he was taken to the hospital the day following the accident. Tanya Meade was driving the Scion family vehicle and received a fractured knee. Memphis Rose, who was sitting directly behind Graden, had a punctured lung, a fractured and dislocated neck, and a fractured sacroiliac. 

A 6-Year-Old Paralyzed Girl Meets His Potential Golden Retriever Service Dog And Forms An Immediate Connection With The Pup

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That accident caused Memphis to go into cardiac arrest as she was without breath for 2 ½ minutes. Fortunately, a doctor, who was present at the site, gave her CPR until the ambulance arrived. Trauma Hawk air ambulance took her to St. Mary’s Medical Center where neurosurgeons stated the chances of paralysis. 

Memphis was recovering very slowly, and it could take years to regain her prior health.

A 6-Year-Old Paralyzed Girl Meets His Potential Golden Retriever Service Dog And Forms An Immediate Connection With The Pup

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She was put on heavy drugs for the first two weeks, but as she was recovering, she was taken off of much of the medication. Memphis also went through spinal surgery and a tracheotomy and remained on a ventilator. As per doctors, it could take months or years for Memphis to recover her prior health. According to Meade, Memphis has always been determined and stubborn to be fine and walk again as before, and certainly, her determination could help in her journey to recovery. 

She always wanted a dog.

Lori Griffith, the founder of Chasin A Dream Foundation, said that he was told that Memphis Rose has always wanted a dog. Hence, he called Furry Friends Rescue Center and what they told him gave him goosebumps and his heart throb with happiness.

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On the day before the accident, Furry Friends Rescue Center had received Juliette, a confident puppy who was very familiar with people, from Wyoming Sky Goldens in Gillette. Wyoming is a well-known breeder that trains its puppies to be service and therapy dogs for veterans.

A 6-Year-Old Paralyzed Girl Meets His Potential Golden Retriever Service Dog And Forms An Immediate Connection With The Pup

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A talented trainer named Summit Earhart who has been affiliated with furry friends for years, trained Juliette to be a service dog for veterans. Kourtney Haddix, the owner of Wyoming Sky Goldens stated that he is happy to be a part of the team that will make Juliet serve Memphis Rose. 

In the beginning, Memphis Rose was able to see Juliet for three to four times a day, but each time they met, their love kept growing into a warm friendship. 

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Memphis and Juliet had been together on the flight. 

A 6-Year-Old Paralyzed Girl Meets His Potential Golden Retriever Service Dog And Forms An Immediate Connection With The Pup

Later Juliette accompanied Memphis Rose on the flight when she was flown to the Shriners Hospitals for Children, Philadelphia, for her spinal rehabilitation. Meade said that Juliette really helped them on the plane. 

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Juliette has again started her training in Florida with Earhart, which would take at least one year. Memphis Rose and Meade will return to Florida in mid-September for her further treatment and therapies. Fortunately, Memphis Rose and Meade will be able to meet Juliette again while she continues her training in Florida. They will also be provided with a new house and a yard for Juliet.

Juliette is a great service dog and will always be there for Memphis.

A 6-Year-Old Paralyzed Girl Meets His Potential Golden Retriever Service Dog And Forms An Immediate Connection With The Pup

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Meade is so happy to share that Juliette and Memphis Rose will grow up together and be together for all of their lives. Earhart, who is currently working on the Juliet training program, says “Juliette was born to be a service dog for Memphis Rose.” But he wants to make her learn several things such as how to act in any public access where an oxygen tank can go.

A 6-Year-Old Paralyzed Girl Meets His Potential Golden Retriever Service Dog And Forms An Immediate Connection With The Pup

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In her advanced training, Juliette will also learn to turn lights on and off, tuck Memphis Rose into bed, sleep with her, and how to react if the ventilator beeps, or if any other unexpected problem strikes. 

Furthermore, he said that Juliette is not a hesitant dog. She is really energetic and obedient. Memphis Rose is happy to get a companion in Juliette and Earhart feels himself lucky that he could make a difference in a child’s life. 

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