Local country singer with cerebral palsy educating others about service dogs

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“People think he’s in a wheel chair he can’t do it. You know what? You can do anything you put your mind to,” said Scotty Crabtree.

You may remember Scotty Crabtree. He’s a local country singer with cerebral palsy and an advocate for people with disabilities.

“With the conditions of a disability a lot of people don’t like to talk about it, but I’ve learned over the years that it’s better to talk about it than leave it inside,” Crabtree said.

Now thanks to Axel, a gentle 2-year-old yellow lab, Crabtree is on a mission to inform others about service dogs.

“When I’m having a bad day or something he always brings the best out of me even when I don’t feel like it,” Crabtree said.

Axel helps Crabtree in a number of ways. He picks up items Crabtree drops, turns lights on and off, and can even open doors.

“Maybe more people will start coming up to me because of Axel and he’ll just help me have a friend,” Crabtree said.

It’s a bond unlike any other. A man and his best friend.

“You don’t know what is inside of you and a dog can bring it out and change your life for the better,” Crabtree said.

Crabtree got Axel free of charge from Canine Companions in Oceanside. Crabtree loves to talk to anyone interested in the organization, so if you see Crabtree and Axel out in the community make sure to say “hi.”

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