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Canine Companion

November 24, 2020

A Maple Ridge family signed up for the Woof-a-Thon virtual challenge, all because of the positive impacts an autism service dog has had on their teenage son. The recent fundraising challenge was created by BC & Alberta Guide Dogs, to raise needed money towards providing guide, autism service, and PTSD service dogs to individuals in […]

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Iowa Student And Her Service Dog

November 24, 2020

Kayonna Topp, 43, endured the first year of her double master’s program with reoccurring episodes of stroke-like symptoms. An Iowa State graduate student, Topp had been set to get a service dog, Kashi, in May. But due to complications caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, the process was delayed. Kashi was trained through Paws & Effect, […]

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Ellory Gets A Service Dog

November 24, 2020

After a Blue Ash girl received a complex diagnosis, her parents have been on a mission to get her a service dog because they believe it would change her life dramatically. Ellory McClure’s health journey started in late 2017 when her parents, Brian and Carolynn, say a tonsillectomy led to a change in her behavior. […]

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Benson Bringing Love To Others

November 20, 2020

The Ronald McDonald House in Kansas City has a new friend to try and give love and support to those who need it. “It’s been a long road,” said Marquisha Reed, who has a child at Children’s Mercy Hospital. Her 6-month-old son, Ezra, just had his second heart surgery. With her other two children at […]

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Service Dogs Helping Veterans

November 20, 2020

Six years after Warrior Freedom Service Dogs was established, the organization is expanding their one of a kind program that connects veterans to trained service dogs rescued from local animal shelters. Executive Director Adam Keith says the organization’s main goal is to help veterans reconnect with society, while providing service dogs with a loving home. […]

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Puppy In Training Visits

November 20, 2020

Students in teacher Michelle Bettler’s fifth-grade class at PVPV Rawlings Elementary School were in for a treat last week as Marie Massie from K9s For Warriors brought in one of her service dogs to meet the children. Massie has raised many dogs for the K9s For Warriors, and this is not the first time she […]

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Veteran And His Service Dog

November 18, 2020

Veteran Louis Belluomini has an important message to share. And on Veterans Day, he’ll share it with the nation as a guest on “The Rachael Ray Show.” The Findlay man will appear before a national audience Wednesday to discuss his work as a paramedic during the COVID-19 pandemic, and what it’s like to have a […]

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Veterans Week

November 18, 2020

Veterans from across the country travel to Branson to celebrate veterans week, and now some of those heroes will return home with a new furry friend. Frank Schlechta, a disabled veteran from Texas, made the trip this morning to meet his new Saint Bernard. “She’s just such a great puppy! She’s beautiful! Oh my God, […]

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Service Dogs For Veterans

November 18, 2020

The Human Animal Bond Research Institute (HABRI) has launched a new virtual lecture series, sponsored by IDEXX. The series will feature varying topics that are centered around research on the health benefits of the human-animal bond and the importance of veterinary medicine in strengthening human-animal bonds. The first lecture, which is set to launch on Veteran’s Day, […]

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Service Dogs Program

November 18, 2020

Shawn Pederson, Army Sgt. First Class Chuck Stewart and Senior Master Sgt. Diana Trevino — it is these honorable servicemen and woman and many others like them that are deserving of our salute today. All across the country, veterans are being honored on this annual Veterans Day, Nov. 11. At a 10-acre plot of ground […]

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Service Dogs Help Warriors

November 18, 2020

Yakima resident Albert Navarro served for four years in the U.S. Navy, was stationed in the Washington, D.C., area following Sept. 11, and completed two tours of the Persian Gulf before receiving an honorable discharge. Despite the post-traumatic stress he picked up from his service, Navarro said he was able to get back to a […]

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Training And Rehabilitation Service

November 18, 2020

A local military veteran has transformed his passion for working with dogs into his own pet therapy business. Enrique Marquez, who served in the United States Army, founded his dog training and rehabilitation company, Dogworx, in 2016. He says his military career took him all over the world, including Kosovo and Iraq. Marquez’s time in the […]

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Dog Honored With Statue

November 18, 2020

Sully the service dog received a special honor on Veterans Day. The 4-year-old lab became known for his loyalty to former president George H. W. Bush. Now, Sully is being recognized for his service in a monumental way. A bronze statue was unveiled Tuesday on Long Island, where Sully was born and raised before the […]

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Police Takes Over As Canine Handler

November 18, 2020

Lator, the canine officer for Cambridge Springs Police Department’s K-9 Unit, has a new handler. Lator’s former handler, Sgt. Lee Woodworth, recently left the department, so Chief Tad Acker has taken over. “Lee took a full-time job with the City of Corry Police Department,” Acker said. But Lator stayed because he is owned by the borough. He […]

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K9s For Warriors

November 18, 2020

When veterans come home from battle, transitioning back into civilian life can be a daunting task. On average, 20 veterans die from suicide each day, according to the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs. But groups like K9s for Warriors are working to bring that number down by training service dogs to help veterans cope with […]

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Police K-9 Program

November 18, 2020

Thursday the Rotary Club of Mason announced a fundraiser to assist the City of Mason with launching a new K-9 program within the police department. In September, Ingham County Animal Control transferred eight German Shepard dogs from St. Clair County Animal Control. The dogs had been rescued from a neglect/hording situation. Of those eight, one […]

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Dog Helps Veteran Overcome PTSD

November 17, 2020

Service dogs are one way to help veterans cope with traumatic experiences from military service. One non-profit provides them free of charge to veterans. Arbor is a playful, loving dog according to the owner, Amber. Another special thing about Arbor is that he is a service dog trained for veterans with Post Traumatic Stress Disorder […]

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Veterans Find Guardian Angels

November 17, 2020

A relatively simple question crossed Stacy Juchno’s mind shortly after she became executive sponsor of PNC’s Military employee business resource group: what type of activity might better engage the group? Around the same time, Juchno, the leader of PNC’s internal audit department, heard about Guardian Angels, a non-profit organization that pairs service dogs with veterans […]

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Hannah Changes Lives

November 17, 2020

Although Hannah is only five months old, she’s already preparing for a job that will change someone’s life. On a recent outing, the black Lab puppy sniffed the grass before snapping to attention when her trainer, resident Kara Hubbard, said her name. Hubbard is temporarily raising the 40-pound canine that is part of the NEADS […]

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Southeastern Guide Dogs

November 17, 2020

What are Southeastern Guide Dogs most popular dog names? Most guide dog organizations allow the honor of naming privileges to be bestowed upon the puppies going through training by people who donated a lot of money, so it isn’t exactly like there’s a set of rules to follow like with hurricanes, as it’s more up […]

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