Layla is not your average Border Collie/Moodle cross.
As a trained Positive Response Assistance dog, she offers unwavering support and grounding to her owner and Council librarian, Caitlin.
These dogs assist people whose lives are often severely compromised by anxiety and fear.
Following several life-threatening experiences, Caitlin developed severe Post Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD) and she found it hard to manage her anxiety.
Layla is trained to recognise Caitlin’s specific distress signs and provide calming support to overcome panic attacks.
“My job at the Southern Downs Regional Library in Warwick became quite difficult at times due to my debilitating PTSD, but because of Layla, I am now more comfortable in the workplace. She is my lifeline and she enables me to live a more normal life.
“Layla alerts me to triggers before I notice them. She keeps me grounded, helping prevent and calm panic. I couldn’t do what I do now without her.”
Visitors to the Southern Downs Regional Library in Warwick will see Layla around, but are reminded not to approach guide, hearing or assistance dogs when they are wearing their working vest to allow them to focus on their important job.
Library users who may be concerned about allergies are encouraged to still visit the library as Layla remains with Caitlin at all times, and as part of her support role, will not be required to interact with visitors.
This article appeared in the Allora Advertiser, 31 May 2023.