Gilbert was diagnosed with multiple sclerosis (MS) in 2003. She tried managing her symptoms for years before watching a documentary about a woman with MS who trained service dogs, which inspired her to apply for a service pit bull in 2014. Gilbert waited nearly three years before finally receiving a service dog — a common waiting period for any type of service dog, according to Gilbert.
“It was my husband who first said, ‘What you need is a pit bull service dog,’ and I remember saying, ‘Don’t be stupid, there’s no such thing,’” Gilbert said. “And here I am with an ultra-amazing pit bull service dog.”