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A friend in need, indeed -- Service dog helps Lake Park woman feel safe, protected

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JoAnn Schermerhorn sprawled in a kitchen chair at the farm where she lives with her parents. Dressed in jeans and a gray tank top, she appeared comfortable talking about herself and her dog, Rudy.

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By all appearances, Schermerhorn is a normal, 21-year-old who likes Garth Brooks and Rascal Flatts, likes Dean Koontz novels and action or thriller movies, and loves to ride horses. And while she is doing most of those things, her dog is by her side.

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