Harlow The Golden Documents The Life of a Service Dog For Invisible Illness

She trains at the most magical place on earth – Disney World!

By Justyne Yuen-Lee

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Credit: Instagram / @helper_dog_harlow

Meet Harlow the Golden and her human Jaquie. Harlow is Jaquie’s service dog and helps her when she’s in need! Jaquie and Harlow use their Instagram accounts to raise awareness about invisible disabilities. At first glance, Jaquie seems just like any healthy young adult, but in reality she battles various chronic illnesses that are not physically obvious. Jaquie met Harlow at 8 weeks old, and has trained her to watch out for signs of weakness and to know when to alert others for help.

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Credit: Instagram / @helper_dog_harlow

Jaquie is only 20 years old, but has trained Harlow since she was a puppy to be an amazing med alert and mobility service dog. One of the basic skills Harlow had to learn at the very beginning is “Watch me!” Harlow has to have eyes on Jaquie at all times to make sure everything’s okay. A job she takes very seriously.helper_dog_harlow7

Credit: Instagram / @helper_dog_harlow

Jaquie has battles several chronic illnesses – autism, asthma, allergies, anaphylaxis, narcolepsy, pain, migraines, Postural Orthostatic Tachycardia Syndrome, Dysautonomia, Ehlers Danlos Syndrome, Gastroparesis, and Immonodeficiency. Jaquie and Harlow have to be wary about things that most people don’t give a second thought to, like the air we breathe, the weather, and even just staying conscious.

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Credit: Instagram / @helper_dog_harlow

But as a service dog in training, Harlow learns how to watch Jaquie to make sure that she is okay and provide support. She alerts her when she has rashes forming, sits on her lap as a furry heating pad for her chronic pain, and watches out for narcoleptic episodes.

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