My dog lives full time with 3 humans. A fourth has lived here full time, then moved out but visited, and now is here several weeks a year.
My dad is fully abled, and 70. My mother, 73, is a paraplegic with vascular dementia. Chloe is my service dog. I walk with a cane, can’t bend easily, sometimes fall, and more, and also have days where my pain issues come in strong. My aunt has Lupus and sometimes is sick in bed.
My dog only notices if Dad drops food. She was only trained to pick up what I drop, but if Mom drops something and Dad isn’t around (he also habitually grabs stuff Chloe is running to get for me) she does it.
She watches anyone coming near Mom other than Dad, Pat and me. She realizes that the rest of us can get away.
At home she comes to me when scared but at the vet, it seems, Daddy is the one who has the means to protect her. In the waiting room she is against my legs. In the exam room she likes to be half on Dad and my abilities just aren’t enough.
She won’t try to get Pat out of bed if she seems out of it.
She remembers the 2 times EMTs carried Mom out. The 3 times Dad took Mom to the hospital and she was gone for days. Mama leaving the house upsets her (she is largely house bound). My leaving alone is not good. Dad? Just normal dog “can’t you rethink this?” but she immediately goes back to normal.
She knows the difference between us.