Dolly Pawton and Aura earned a round of a-paws at an American Humane Society awards show.
By Joel Crabtree
BREED: Black Lab AGE: 4 HOMETOWN: Naples OWNER: Amy Sherwood, who has medical conditions that can cause her blood pressure to plummet or heart rate to spike SKILL: Sensing changes in blood pressure or heart rate before Sherwood realizes it — also, pressing a button to dial 911 if Sherwood loses consciousness FAVORITE ACTIVITY: Diving off docks in the summer FAVE TOY: Anything tossed into the water FAVE TREATS: Dunkin’ Munchkins and yogurt SHERWOOD SAYS: “I could be in bed for weeks because I was so sick, and Dolly wouldn’t leave my side. Then, on good days, she’ll play and we’ll have a good time. She adapts really well to how I’m feeling.”
BREED: Golden retriever–Lab mix AGE: 7 HOMETOWN: Brunswick OWNER: Army vet Gretchen Evans, who lost her hearing in a mortar blast in Afghanistan SKILL: Alerting Evans to everyday sounds, whether a doorbell, a smoke detector, or a telephone ring FAVORITE ACTIVITIES: Hiking and canoeing with Gretchen FAVE TOY: Stuffed shark FAVE TREATS: Raw carrots and Pup-Peroni EVANS SAYS: “She’s changed my life. She took me from being in a state of despair and feeling limited — like my disability was a big disqualifier in life — to, I don’t even consider myself a Deaf person any- more, because Aura hears for me. I have ears, it’s just got four paws and she’s furry.”