After being diagnosed with Multiple Sclerosis (MS) in 2018, Selma Blair welcomes a new service dog.
The actress, 49, revealed in a new Instagram post on Saturday that she and Scout, an English Fox Red Labrador, are officially a “service dog team.”
“It’s been a year and a half in preparation, but today my new partner, Scout, and I graduated!” Blair wrote. The post featured a series of photos of herself and Boy Scout, who even sported her own graduation cap. “We are now a team of assistance dogs.”
In the following shots, Blair snuggled up against the puppy, who was wearing a red service dog vest and proudly sat next to a sign that read “Congratulations Scout”.
Blair went on to explain the role of Scout in more detail, claiming that it “helps me with some personal stumbling blocks and helps with my mobility.” Noting that Scout is “very good-looking and likable” and “very good at his job”, the Hellboy star explained the complex tasks a service dog performs for someone like her with a disability.
“If you see me, Scout and I, and we’re working (which he really always is, just like me), then smile, but please don’t come near. Distractions really make me back down.” , said Blair. “I’m building endurance and coordination with the help of this special dog and training! I’m excited to focus, settle down and get out of the house more.”
Video: Selma Blair’s courageous fight against MS
Blair said she was “so happy to have him” and would continue to talk about their journey together as they “evolve”.
“If you see me downstairs don’t worry, Scout has me covered. Literally actually,” Blair said.
Blair has received a surge of love from friends and fans ranging from Mia Farrow and Glenn Close to Leslie Jones and Sharon Osbourne. Close friend Sarah Michelle Gellar, who Blair starred with in the 1999 film Cruel intentions, shared that she “already loves Scout – with all my heart.”
Blair’s health journey has been complicated. In October, she appeared in the documentary Introducing Selma Blair, which depicts his experience during stem cell treatment this summer. She shared that she had found a level of satisfaction these days and was “pretty comfortable with my body now and not apologizing for it.”
However, this has not always been the case. Before learning she was living with MS, Blair said she was “miserable”. She suffered from ‘recurrent trigeminal neuralgia (throbbing facial pain), dystonia, dental treatment [and] constant pain in neck and nerves, down my leg, joints, plus pseudobulbar affect, ”which is defined as episodes of laughing or crying.
She also struggled with alcohol abuse, but has since become sober.
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