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DENVER - As an occupational therapist, Mina Brouillette says she saw first hand how service dogs could change people’s lives.
That’s why she started training dogs for Canine Partners of the Rockies after she retired.
“If you think about yourself and not being able to go anywhere, not open a door, just stuck in a house, that's the significance for a person's freedom," she said.
Brouillette is now training Rosalie, the second dog she’s trained for the group. When she’s completed all her training, Rosalie will be able to help someone in a wheelchair with tasks like opening doors and drawers, and picking up objects off the floor.
The first dog she worked with, Mason, is in advanced training with the Canine Partners. While he hasn’t graduated and been placed with a new home yet, she knows it will be an emotional day.
“I imagine it’s going to be like watching a child leave home,” she said. “They go off from school, get married, have a family. I’ll keep that frame of mind when it’s that time.”
For all her hard work, Denver7 and U.S. Bank presented Brouillette with a gift card.