When I was fresh out of medical school and two months into my internship at Wake Forest University Medical Center, my apartment burned down at 3 am. If it had not been for my landlord knowing about my hearing loss, I may not have made it out of the building. That is why I found out about Hearing Dogs and the Winston-Salem Hearing Loss Association (then SHHH) helped me find Dogs for Better Lives. After I lost all my hearing and received a Nucleus 22 cochlear implant, I received my first dog from Dogs for Better Lives, then called Dogs for the Deaf.
Delight is my third hearing service dog from Dogs for Better Lives, a non-profit that professionally trains dogs to help people. I celebrate my life's journey with my hearing dogs here. Chuckie (my first dog, 1995), Ginger (my second dog, 2009) and Delight (my third dog, 2018) have each had unique personalities and gifts for me and my community. They have inspired me to write and share what they teach me and how we live and communicate in my personal and professional worlds. I hope you all join us in supporting and sharing the gifts service dogs and Dogs for Better Lives bring to our world.
Follow My Journey
If you would like to schedule an appointment for your child (birth to 25y) please call Salisbury Pediatric Associates, 129 Woodson St., Salisbury, NC, 28144 phone 704-636-5576 and request Dr. Rose. If you would like to schedule a visit to your program from Dr. Rose and Delight please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
"I worked hard to adapt to my deafness that came during medical school and pediatric residency. Many special people supported me in this journey of thirty years. But thirty-five years of hearing dog companionship have joyfully taken me deeper and farther than I ever thought I could go." - Dr. Danielle Rose