This teenager decided to bring her service dog, Percie, to her high school prom! Claire, the student, has anxiety attacks and trained Percie herself to help her manage with them. When it came to prom, it was no questions who she wanted to take. She even had Percie match with her!
Prom 2017 ✅😅 Thank you to everyone who helped make this such a special night! Having a wonderful service dog, an incredible boyfriend and best friends, and a supportive family and school administration is such a blessing 🤗 After a small pre-prom with my closest friends, we headed over to the super fancy hotel hosting prom. Percie alerted me for the first hour or so and helped me prevent anything from escalating by performing several tasks like blocking (watching my back) or DPT (weighted pressure point therapy, or deep pressure therapy). Eli and I stayed by the food (typical 😂🤦♀️) until around 9:30ish when I began to feel extremely unwell. Though Percie had alerted me to let me know that this would happen, I am often lucky enough that her tasks help keep a medical episode at bay. So I was a little caught off guard this time but thankfully an amazing administrator helped us to a secluded room while we waited for my mom to get us. Though an episode ensued, I am so grateful for Percie who was able to task phenomenally and Eli who stayed by my side and held my hand. 👍 Last night reminded me how lucky I am to have such a supportive team around me ❤️ While I couldn't stay the whole night, I'd still like to count my senior prom as a success because I did have a great time (albeit the end) and I made some great memories with my friends ☺️👌 Stay tuned for a small vlog I have of my special night with some very special people (and a special dog as well!!) As always, much love, Claire&Percie #Prom2017 #ServiceDogsSaveLives
In an interview with The Dodo, Claire said,
“A large part of my disability are anxiety-derived ‘episodes,’ which can best be described as panic attacks. Percie can detect my cortisol levels and lets me know when an episode is about to happen based on my levels. This gives me the advantage of knowing before the episode occurs so I can take measures to lessen its severity.”
At prom, Percie stayed by Claire’s side the entire time and helped her control a few small episodes. Unfortunately, about an hour into prom Claire began to feel very unwell and her and her boyfriend waited for her mom to pick them up.
Despite having to leave early, Claire still had an amazing time with her friends, boyfriend, and her amazing service dog.
“Without Percie, I never would not have had the courage to go to prom in the first place,” said Claire.
Another prom picture…sorry…but tomorrow's the day – tomorrow I graduate high school!!! 👩🎓🎉 I'm still in disbelief that time went by so fast, I feel so old 🤦♀️😭But I'm more than ready to face the next chapter of my life 👌🤗 Being independent and going to college is all I ever wanted, and I'm so lucky that this lil pup and my friends and family have made that possible for me 💖 After tomorrow I'll be heading to Dartmouth for my big brother's graduation, and then to Ocean City to spend some time with my gal pals 👯 During that time P will be staying @premierdogs and brushing up on her skills 👌 But I will miss her so much!! p.s. Don't forget to enter my contest! Winners announced this weekend! pps. Our Prom vlog will be out this weekend as well. What kind of video do you want to see next??? Let me know down below or in the comments of my last video (link in bio!) ❤️
It’s evident how much Percie supports and helps Claire and we’re all so happy she got to take her to her senior year prom!