Selma Blair gushes over her dog for completing service dog training: ‘Scout helps me with some personal stumbling blocks’
Selma Blair wanted everyone to know how much she and her dog have accomplished.
The actress, 49, posted several photos with her dog Scout in honor of their graduation from training after about 18 months.
The first photo showed Blair in a white jacket, a pair of gray pants and comfortable looking Uggs. She stood next to a medium-sized red fox labrador.
Working as a team: Selma Blair posted a photo standing next to her dog Scout after the two graduated from training after about 18 months
The Legally Blonde actress captioned the photo, ‘It has been a year and a half in the making, but today my new partner, Scout, and I graduated ! We are now a service dog team. Thank you to his trainer Courtney and the whole team at @servicedogs_ddg. Scout helps me with some personal stumbling blocks and aids in my mobility. He is an English red fox lab and is very good at his job.
‘He is very handsome, and friendly, but if you see me and Scout, and we are working (which he really always is, as am I) then give a smile but please don’t approach. Distractions really set me back. I am building stamina and coordination with the aid of this special dog and training!
‘I am excited for this time to focus and settle and get out of the house more. I am so happy to have him. And will share news with you as we evolve. If you see me down, do not worry, Scout has me covered. Literally actually. I send you all love and happy holidays!!!!’
Blair needs Scout because, as has been well documented, she’s fought multiple sclerosis for several years now.
A heartwarming caption: The star wrote, ‘I am excited for this time to focus and settle and get out of the house more. I am so happy to have him’ among many other things
Service dogs are trained to follow dozens of commands and can help MS sufferers with a number of tasks including picking things up off the floor and grabbing items out of cupboards and drawers.
Trained dogs can also assist with things like opening doors, pulling along wheelchairs, removing clothing, reminding someone to take their medication and even acting as a brace to help protect against falls when their owner stands up or walks.
As well as physical support, service dogs also act as emotional support too, knowing how to help comfort the owner when they are having a bad day. The companions can also help with anxiety release as it’s said that petting dogs releases endorphins and reduces stress.
Major health issues: Blair needs Scout because, as she’s documented well, she’s been fighting multiple sclerosis for several years now
The disease caused Blair to lose full use of her left leg and created speech difficulties for the star in 2018. However, she revealed in August that she’s now in remission.
‘I’m in remission. Stem cell put me in remission,’ she said at an event promoting her documentary Introducing Selma Blair. ‘It took about a year after stem cell for the inflammation and lesions to really go down.’
She continued, ‘I was reluctant to talk about it because I felt this need to be more healed and more fixed. I’ve accrued a lifetime of some baggage in the brain that still needs a little sorting out or accepting. That took me a minute to get to that acceptance. It doesn’t look like this for everyone.’
Major symptoms: The disease caused Blair to lose full use of her left leg and created speech difficulties for the star in 2018
Despite her diagnosis and battle with MS, Blair has remained busy with a number of other facets of her life.
The Hellboy actress appeared in Far More, a movie about a fashion designer who returns home for the first time in many years.
Blair is also a full-time mother of one to 10-year-old Arthur who she shares with fashion designer Jason Bleick.
Keeping busy: Despite her diagnosis and battle with MS, Blair has remained busy with a number of other facets of her life including taking care of her son and still acting