the dodo

July 24, 2017

Service Pit Bull Helps His New Mom Deal With Life-Changing Disease

By Kellie Stevens


"When I get exhausted, my symptoms flare ... I look healthy, but I can’t form words, so I would appear to be drunk and sometimes denied boarding a plane. Having Koda means I am not as tired and my invisible disability becomes visible."


Koda, a 5-year-old pit bull, was once just one of the hundreds of thousands of pit bull types who enter the shelter system each year.

His early life was unlucky, but that changed with the help of a special program that trains pit bulls in shelters to be service animals. Now, Koda spends his days helping his mom live her life in a way she wouldn’t be able to without the aid of her new sidekick.


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