Selma Blair’s assistance dog Scout is officially qualified and the star couldn’t be happier

Selma Blair's assistance dog Scout graduating from service dog school and being kissed by the actress
(Image credit: @selmablair/Instagram)

It’s been a long time in the making, but Selma Blair’s assistance dog Scout has officially completed his training and is now fully qualified to act as the star's canine service companion.

The 49-year-old actress was diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS), a condition where the body’s immune system attacks the brain and spinal cord, back in October of 2018 and her health journey has been a complicated one.

But thanks to Scout, things are about to get a whole lot easier. Sharing several snaps of her and her beloved pooch on her Instagram page, including one of him wearing a doggy-sized trencher, Blair shared some happy news with her fans.

“It has been a year and a half in the making, but today my new partner, Scout, and I graduated! We are now a service dog team.” Describing the English Red Fox Labrador as handsome and friendly, Blair revealed that Scout helps her with “some personal stumbling blocks and aids in my mobility.”

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But while Scout has a natural love of people, Blair has stressed the importance of letting him do his job. "If you see me and Scout, and we are working (which he really always is, as am I) then give a smile but please don’t approach. Distractions really set me back," Blair said. 

While the duo have only just qualified as a service dog team, Blair is already seeing her quality of life improve with the help of Scout. "I am building stamina and coordination with the aid of this special dog and training! I am excited for this time to focus and settle and get out of the house more."

And if you’re hoping to see more of Scout, rest assured that Blair plans on keeping her fans updated on her progress with the young canine. “I am so happy to have him. And will share news with you as we evolve. If you see me down, do not worry, Scout has me covered. Literally actually.”

Kathryn is a freelance writer who has spent the past two years dividing her writing time between her two great loves - pets and health and wellness. When she’s not busy crafting the perfect sentence for her features, buying guides and news pieces, she can be found hanging out with one very mischievous Cocker Spaniel, drinking copious amounts of Jasmine tea and attempting to set numerous world records for the longest ever FaceTime calls with her family back home in NZ.