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Janell Mayberry and her dog, Bond, traveled from their home in Jones, Oklahoma, to Pennsylvania to receive the Wheaten Ambassador of the Year award from the Montgomery Kennel Club.
by Matt Patterson Published: October 6, 2013

“He's mostly a duck hunting dog now,” Mayberry said.

Bond was named by Mayberry's mother, who is a big fan of the James Bond movies. The name doesn't exactly fit his personality all of the time.

“He's goofy at home, and he's a great baby sitter for my son,” she said. “He visits people in the hospital, and he perks them up a little bit. But he has a serious side, too. I'd call his personality well balanced.”

But it was not love at first sight. When Mayberry first met Bond as a puppy, she wasn't sure he was the right dog for her. She had owned German shepherds and Malinois in the past.

“We got him from my aunt and he was just bouncing off the walls,” Mayberry said. “I didn't really like him much when we first met but eventually he won me over in a big way.”

Mayberry said trust is important in a service dog-handler relationship. The pair communicates in a way that is sometimes effortless.

“We're on the same brain wave,” she said. “It's a strong bond. Some people say you have one heart dog in your lifetime and I believe he is mine.”

by Matt Patterson
Matt Patterson has been with The Oklahoman since 2006. Prior to joining the news staff in 2010, Patterson worked in The Oklahoman's sports department for five years. He previously worked at The Lawton Constitution and The Edmond Sun....
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