Bodie, a golden retriever, is the newest member of RMS. He is a six month old puppy that is being trained to become a hearing service dog. Bodie's owner, Thomas Waldschmidt, is a Safety Specialist who joined Notre Dame in January. Thomas has a severe hearing loss and does not always hear certain sounds. Although Bodie's responsibilities are not exactly safety related, he does make sure Thomas is aware his surroundings. Bodie helps Thomas with sounds like a ringtone, keys dropping to the floor, warning sounds and alarm systems.
There are multiple varieties of service dogs that are trained to perform a particular task. There are dogs who can be trained to assist people with autism, hearing disabilities, diabetes, seizures and those that have visual impairment. People with disabilities have a right to have their service dogs with them as long as the dog is well trained. If you happen to see Bodie or any other service dog, please do remember not to pet the dog unless the owner gives you approval.