“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.”