(CNN/KSFY) – The heck with a thousand words, this picture is worth a lot more. The photo shows the special bond between a South Dakota bride, and her service dog.
It has now gone viral and has been warming hearts all over the world.
They say a picture is worth a thousand words. In this story, it couldn’t be more true.
This is Valerie Parrott and her medical alert service dog, Bella. Valerie Parott told KSFY, “She’s been trained to be with me and we’ve been together as a team for over two years now.”
Val suffers from panic disorders and migraines. Bella helps by alerting minutes before something happens.
Maddie Peschong told KSFY, “In the photo, Bella was performing a job. Calming Val down during a hectic, stressful wedding day making sure her heart rate is where it needs to be and anxiety isn’t getting to be too much. It was a work day for Bella.”
A work day for Bella displayed in this image, has captured the hearts of millions.
Maddie Peschong was Val’s wedding photographer, and had posted these favorites the next day.
“On Thursday, I got a message from a friend that said the photo had been posted on reddit and was #4 at the time. 05:24:40 I thought that was a really big deal and really cool. Texted Val, we got really excited. Within an hour or so, we got media inquiries from all over the U.S.,” said Peschong.
Something that still leaves both Val and Maddie in disbelief.
“I never thought it would be this big. When I posted it, I thought this is a sweet photo of a girl and her dog. Val needs to see this. 35 I was amazed by the amount of attention it got from friends and family. I thought it was cool my grandma liked it so much let alone mashable.com,” said Peschong.
She’s grateful for the publicity but says there’s more to it than that.
“The bigger story is that it’s really giving Val a platform to talk about service dogs and that they’re valuable life companions. Not things you can see and here, but a slough of invisible diseases and that’s what Bella is for,” said Peschong.
Bella is a huge part of Val’s life, so naturally, was a huge part of the wedding day. She even got her own “first look” with Andrew, the groom.
“My life wouldn’t be the same without her. With Bella and because of our partnership, I have been able to live my life to the fullest that I normally wouldn’t have been able to have done,” said Parrott.
Since the photos went viral, Valerie has had so much good feedback from the service animal community. She even has her own blog detailing the life of a service dog team.
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