I mean how wonderful is it to have a furry best friend? It's the best thing in the world because they are the only ones that will always love and support you no matter what. Okay, maybe your mom as well, but that's beside the point.
Our four-legged friends are even more helpful to people that have vision impairment because they act as the eyes of that person. Do you know how hard it must be to just rely on your dog to guide you on a daily basis?
It must be so hard, but luckily our canine friends get trained from a young age to help someone that is blind. That is exactly what Thai does for Danielle Sykora and has done over the past four years.
Even though Thai is the best guide dog for Danielle, he has is own evaluation about the job and will literally do anything to get a snack even if it means leading his human of the trail that she was on.
Almost every weekend Danielle and Thai travel from Delaware Valley University in Pensylvania to her hometown in New Jersey to visit her family. On these wonderful weekends, Danielle loves going to the mall with her sister Michele and Thai likes it even more than them.
Like this one time when Danielle's dad was with her, he noticed that there was a specific shop named Cool Dog Gear that Thai really loved going in to.
"The first time my sister ever went to this mall, she was with my dad and Thai just veered right into the store without her knowing," Michele said. "The second time we went back there, I wanted to witness it for myself, so we walked in the direction of the pet store and of course he walked right in there again!"
This time though Michele was prepared and armed with her camera to catch Thai in the act.
My sisters guide dog always sneakily walks her into this store without her knowing 😂😍 I love dogs, man pic.twitter.com/UuE9wDN4md— Michele Sykora (@michelesykora) April 20, 2018
Michele caught sneaky Thai red-handed on a video and decided to post it to her Twitter account. It wasn't long until the post went viral and even though it had thousands of views Thai still didn't regret doing it.
"If there is any word to describe Thai, it is probably 'foodie,'" Michele said. "He will do anything to get a crumb on the floor."
Danielle, on the other hand, was not surprised at all when her family told her what he had been doing, because it has happened a lot of times before. Like the time they went to the boardwalk for the summer and Thai went into every food place instead of the clothing store she wanted to go in to.
Or when she's at school he tends to take her to Starbucks because he knows she loves coffee, but he also gets a little puppycino himself.
Luckily for Thai, his mom doesn't hold it against him, but their bond actually became stronger because of his intelligence and antics and Danielle knows that Thai will never leave her side no matter what.
"Thai and Danielle have a relationship only a person with a service dog could ever understand. He is her eyes. He goes with her absolutely everywhere," Michele said. "Even when Thai isn't working and we are home, if she leaves the room he will get up and follow her everywhere."
Danielle has been blind since she underwent a retinoblastoma surgery when she was two years old. She, however, says that her life has been much better since she met Thai.
"A cane only shows you obstacles below waist level. Thai helps her get around much more easily and finds things on command such as elevators, empty seats, stairs, and obviously ... pet stores."
"The foundation my sister got him from, the Guide Dog Foundation, selects dogs for you based on their personality," Michele added. "Thankfully, they stuck her with Thai because not only is he her service dog, but he is definitely our family's entertainment as well."