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Former Victoria man’s diabetic alert dog helps him get back to life

June 2, 2021

When Luke Hengen’s diabetes worsened in his early twenties, it stripped him of the outdoor activities where the country kid felt at home. Countless wilderness adventures and years of hard-fought football games took a toll on his body, to the point where he could no longer sense when his blood sugar was too high or […]

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Family raising money to pay for diabetic alert dogs for children

May 5, 2021

A yellow lab diabetic alert dog named Mylo helped alert Mandy Grier when her blood sugar started to fall to dangerous levels, often before she even knew something was going on. Grier’s Type 1 diabetes, which was diagnosed when she was 7 years old, was severe enough that she couldn’t be left alone much. She […]

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THERAPY ANIMALS VS. SERVICE ANIMALS: WHAT’S THE DIFFERENCE?

May 5, 2021

The Pasadena Humane Society is offering a free virtual webinar on Wednesday, April 28, to guide people about the difference between therapy animals and service animals. Kim Kane, a volunteer at Pet Partners, will lead the discussion, showing how those two types of animals differ, as well as teaching the benefits of therapy animals. Canine […]

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Types of WORKING DOGS // Service Animal vs Emotional Support Animal

March 11, 2021

In this video, I discussed the different types of working dogs and what makes a dog a service animal vs therapy animal vs emotional support animal. There are many service dog types, and the terminology can get confusing! What about the definition of a search and rescue dog? What about the definition of a psychiatric […]

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Diabetic child who raised $20K for untrained service dog gets new puppy and starts over

February 27, 2021

  Five-month-old, Shadow, will soon be Sophie Schmitt’s new diabetic alert dog. The puppy will need two years of public access training, including scent work.  

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PAWS With A Cause

January 7, 2021

Pebble Hill Plantation and the Thomas County Public Library are pleased to announce the upcoming Enlightening Bites program, “PAWS With a Cause,” on Friday, January 8, 2021 at noon in the Flipper Room of the Library. The program is being presented by Jeri Anderson, field representative. Anderson is recently retired from the City of Monticello, […]

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Police Canine Team

January 7, 2021

Kingston Police revealed in a news release late Wednesday afternoon that they’ve been keeping a four-legged secret for roughly three months. The force announced it added a second canine unit, with the arrival of police service dog Dak this past October. He is working with Const. Jeff Dickson, while police service dog Bask is working […]

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K9s For Warriors

January 7, 2021

K9s For Warriors, a nonprofit organization that provides military veterans suffering from severe PTSD, traumatic brain injury and military sexual trauma with service animals, recently changed the name of its main campus to honor its leader and founder Shari Duval. Duval began K9s For Warriors in 2011 after her son returned from two tours in […]

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Journey The Service Dog

January 5, 2021

Several weeks ago, News Center 7 introduced you to a woman named Dottie Podiak, who’s service dog in training, Fate, died after ingesting rat poison. Podiak was worried that her current service dog, Blessing, was getting too old to help train another dog before he passed. However, that changed Tuesday when Podiak got to meet […]

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Retired Service Dog

January 5, 2021

Horry County Police Department announced Tuesday the death of a retired service dog. Bloodhound Shelley died Monday morning at 11.5 years old, the department said. “It is with great sadness that we announce the passing of retired HCPD Bloodhound Shelley, who crossed over the rainbow bridge Monday morning at 11.5 years old,” the department tweeted. […]

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Vets Suffering From PTSD

January 5, 2021

It’s estimated that anywhere from 11% to 30% of military veterans experience post-traumatic stress disorder (PTSD) following their service, depending on the individual’s branch, years served and in what capacity. One way to help those struggling can be through the assistance of a service dog. To help serve the nation’s heroes, U.S. Xpress Enterprises Inc. […]

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Service Dog Joins Team

January 4, 2021

While saving lives, paramedics and EMTs often find themselves providing emotional support to people on their worst days. So when the job is done and they’ve returned to their stations, they may need some comfort as well. Enter Indie: a smart and cuddly St. Bernard who recently joined East Baton Rouge Emergency Medical Services to […]

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Service Dog Goes To School

January 4, 2021

When Remington Lewis rides the bus to Walton Middle School in DeFuniak Springs on Wednesday, he won’t be alone. This time, next to the sixth-grader will be his best friend Willow, a 1-year-old German shepherd. The Daily News ran an article in July about the Lewis family’s fundraiser to pay for Willow’s training as a service […]

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K-9 Officer Retires

January 4, 2021

MARION, Va. — This retiring Marion Police Department officer has 120 arrests under his collar and was recognized last week for the lifesaving work of his career. While he may be slowing down now, retirement didn’t stop K-9 Cooper from continuing to serve as an MPD ambassador during his recognition. Last week, the Marion Town […]

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A Helping Paw

January 4, 2021

A Girl Scout project that calls for making a lasting improvement to the community has generated a young local author and an educational children’s book that she hopes will pass on some of what she has learned. Catherine Bezio, a high school senior who lives in Erving, has been training service dogs since she was […]

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Veterans Service Dogs

January 4, 2021

PHOENIX – Staff Sgt. Terry Stallings served in the Army for 23 years. He was stationed across the globe, including posts in Iraq, Balad, Kuwait, Desert Storm, Mexico, Central America, Alaska, Portugal and Germany. After six combat deployments overseas, he returned home and was diagnosed with post- traumatic stress disorder. Veterans often rely on medications, […]

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RCMP Police Dogs

December 31, 2020

Alberta RCMP police dogs captured over 900 suspects in 2020, and were kept busy in part due to their work tracking rural property crime suspects. RCMP said in 2020, police dog teams responded to 2,800 calls for service which included about 650 calls involving firearms or other weapons; 570 calls for violence-related offences; 450 calls […]

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Police Officer And His Dog

December 31, 2020

A police officer was forced to shoot his own dog after it turned on him while on duty. Keith Larson, a veteran officer from Massachusetts, had to kill his German Shepherd, Nico after it attacked him at a crime scene. He was responding to an early call on Tuesday where a suspect had fled the […]

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Pets Being Recognized

December 31, 2020

It has long been established that dogs are “man’s best friend,” but animals in general have been a part of human society since the dawn of humankind thousands of years ago. Domesticated animals helped our fledgling species in so many ways: cats reduced rodent populations allowing for safer food storage and disease prevention; dogs served […]

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Service Dogs

December 31, 2020

ECAD, Educated Canines Assisting with Disabilities held two team training sessions in October and December, placing five service dogs and two facility dogs in new homes. The sessions were unusual, because the five service dogs placed were successor dogs – five amazing canines stepping into the paw prints of the five amazing service dogs who […]

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