The service dog helps out Krysta and her whole family

By People Staff
January 28, 2009 06:12 PM

There are many amazing pets and owners in our new PEOPLE Pets community. Here’s one we wanted to introduce you to: Cindy Rossit (sailorswife) of Innisfil, Ontario and Ben, who is a service dog for her daughter Krysta.

COPE Service Dogs, which specializes in training dogs to help people with an expanding array of disabilities, trained Ben to help Krysta, who has ACC , a rare neurological disorder. Mapelane Golden Retrievers donated him to the extensive training program.

Ben is a big help to the whole family, Rossit says. “Ben helps her by coaxing her to walk longer distances which is great for her legs. Having her hold a leash attached to Ben when we are out allows me to know that she will not wander away.” Because of Ben, Krysta now eats dinner with the family every night and recovers from meltdowns in minutes instead of hours. “My family calls him our ‘miracle dog,’” she says. “Ben is worth his weight in gold (and then some!),” Rossit says.

Ben works hard, but he also likes to have fun. “He is a very lovey boy who LOVES to give kisses (especially to…Krysta)” Rossit says. “He is obsessed with fetching tennis balls and is completely water CRAZY. If you have the water hose in and spray the water around he will chase the water spray like a kitten does string. It is hilarious!”

Already a PEOPLE Pets member yourself? Then log on and give BEN a hug! If not, join up today! And, if you’ve got a pet or story you think we should know about, email us at We’re looking forward to getting to know you, too!