Do owner Erin Bischoff, a high school student, was cast for a role in The Wizard of Oz, her service dog did not only watch her, but he joined as an actor too.
Erin is at her senior year at Hasbrouck Heights High School. While it’s hard moving around as the girl suffers from osteogenesis imperfecta better known as the brittle bone disease, everything came easier when she adopted Gauge four years ago. She gets on a wheelchair and Gauge would act much like her bodyguard who stays by her all day.
Gauge blocks people from bumping into Erin’s wheelchair; he carries different tasks to make his owner’s life more convenient. They are partners at home, in school and anywhere!
Dog Owner visits schools to provide awareness about mobility service dogs
They’re unbreakable. One of Erin’s missions includes visiting other schools to speak about her disability and the importance of a service dog in her life. She teaches others how to treat service dogs in a manner that fosters love and companionship.
Even when Erin’s physically challenged, she never thought it made her less of a person. She joined various school activities and did live performances. And just recently, when she was cast in The Wizard of Oz, her dog got a role too.
Gauge was to be Toto to his glee!
Gauge’s not Erin’s dog for nothing. There were many ins and outs for Gauge’s character, and they had to train her to familiarize the flow of the piece. It was hard but Gauge made it in the end, and that’s just Gauge’s best achievement yet!
Right now, Erin plans to get into Fairleigh Dickinson University-Metropolitan Campus. She is to take health studies, and of course, she won’t forget to bring her best buddy, Gauge to study and perform with her throughout her college life! We can’t wait to see them ace the ride!
Get to see their full story by watching the video below.
Source at Inside Edition via Youtube