Sampson is a sweet service dog that has been taught to help his neuroscientist mum in the lab. The golden retriever even has his own canine PPE, which comprises a cute lab coat, dog boots, and goggles.
Sampson’s mother, Joey Ramp, sustained serious head injuries in a horseback riding accident in 2006. The woman returned to college after her injury with the goal of studying more about the human brain.
The golden retriever is the first dog to receive access to a laboratory at Joey’s doctoral program at the University of Illinois in the United States.
Joey’s prefrontal brain was damaged in the accident, as well as irreversible nerve damage on the left side of his body. He also sustained 23 bone fractures, including eye socket, cheekbone, two vertebrae, jaw, and collarbone fractures.
UNILAD quoted Sampson’s mother as saying:
“If I drop something in the lab, he rushes to my side and gives me a hand to crouch down and pick up what I need.” Without him, I couldn’t handle academics or a neuroscience program.”
I like sciencing! I wear the same PPE mom wears. Sometimes we don’t have to wear goggles. Those are days we are writing reports. I still help her everyday though. #servicedog in #science #neuroscience #research #laboratory #molecular #cellular #biology pic.twitter.com/S2TbYTheEu
— Sampson the Service Dog (@sampson_dog) October 9, 2019
For several years, Joey has battled to allow assistance dogs access to the laboratories, claiming that the ban has stopped many students from attending.
Sampson must wear the same safety equipment as humans and must constantly be in direct sight of Joey, according to the rules that ultimately enable him to access the academic campus.
Sampson also had to learn to lie for nearly four hours on a rubber-backed mattress and collect objects from her mother on order. Although we all think that the golden retriever looks gorgeous in his gown and pharmacies, her mother does not want this to take away from the importance of her profession at the University.
“I’d like for people to realize that service dogs have undergone extensive training.”
Sampson is a typical dog at home, playing games and rolling about in the dirt. In college, the lovely youngster makes it plain that games are not on the agenda with his mother.