Frances, a Yellow Labrador, was not just a service dog to Holly Bonner and her two girls. She was an essential part of the family.
Before Holly’s 19th birthday, she was diagnosed with breast cancer. When she turned 32, her eyesight began declining as a result of the complications brought about by breast cancer. Eventually, she was declared legally blind, even if she still had residual vision.
With a career and a family to care for, she knew she needed a guide dog. She put in an application to Guiding Eyes for the Blind, and they processed her application quickly. When her second child was born, she got a call that they had the perfect guide dog for her.
Frances had all the qualities that Holly needed in a guide dog. She was patient, friendly, and compassionate. Frances showed concern for the entire family, not just Holly. She was very sensitive to their needs and looked out for Holly’s girls as if they were her children.
Holly was an alumna at Metropolitan College of New York. She contacted her alma mater, and they offered her a position to teach psychology and social development classes as a part-time professor. Even if Holly had to commute from Staten Island to Manhattan, she accepted the offer. She knew that she could safely commute and succeed at her job with the help of Frances.
Holly got inspiration from Frances and started the Visually Impaired Education Program. She became passionate about educating people, especially children, on visual impairment and guide dogs. She dreamed of a world with disability advocates.
Frances made a big difference in Holly’s life. She was only supposed to be her eyes when she ventured outside, but she did more for her. It seemed that she could feel how much burden Holly had to carry, and she comforted her in any way she could. Frances was a light that Holly was grateful to have in her dimming world.
Frances was indeed a hero to Holly, and she was recognized as such when she was awarded the Hero Dog Award in 2018.
Source: American Humane via YouTube