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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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Service Animals On Planes

December 30, 2020

Those days of taking peacocks and pot-belly pigs as service animals on airplanes are over according to the Department of Transportation. Tony Stokes trains dogs everyday, one wagging tail at a time. They sit, jump and come. “Dogs can be very easy to train because they are constantly seeking reward, just like we are,” said […]

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K9 Officer Passes Away

December 30, 2020

A K-9 officer with the City of Lenoir Police Department passed away Tuesday after a battle with cancer. Police K-9 Axel served the department and City for six years, “providing his handler and family six years of love and companionship.” The department put out a release about Axel’s passing and years of service on Wednesday. […]

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Service Dogs Helping Out

December 30, 2020

Four years ago, my daughter developed a rare condition known as autoimmune encephalitis, or “AE” for short. Any time she gets sick, rather than making antibodies that fight infection, her body makes antibodies that attack her brain. Doctors have described it as “her brain on fire.” It’s as cruel and debilitating as it sounds. She’s […]

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New Service Dogs

December 30, 2020

Newmarket resident Amanda Robar has had epilepsy her whole life and has relied on the assistance of her service dog when she goes about her daily life outside of her home. Now she needs a new one and has turned to the community to help cover the considerable training cost. Local residents and businesses have […]

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RCMP Police Dog

December 30, 2020

Alberta RCMP Police Dog Services (PDS) had an incredibly busy 2020. Although many Albertans spent a majority of their 2020 experiencing some stage of lockdown due to the COVID-19 pandemic there was no shortage of work for Alberta’s Police Dog Service teams. In 2020 PDS responded to 2,800 calls for service and captured over 900 […]

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K9s For Warriors

December 29, 2020

 K9s For Warriors, whose mission is to serve disabled veterans, held an unveiling ceremony Monday revealing the new name of the organization’s main campus. In a ceremony, a new sign was revealed reading “The Shari Duval K9s For Warriors National Headquarters” replacing the old campus name “Camp K9” as the official title of the organization’s […]

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Man’s Best Friend

December 29, 2020

In this story, the term “man’s best friend” takes on a whole new meaning. It’s a story about two very special pals, determined to stay with each other even if it means overseas flights, and one of them, going from wild and free to a new home that’s much more tame. This is Sunny and […]

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Service Dogs

December 28, 2020

 Carol Lansford was in her final semester at Valdosta State University in 2012, “pretending to pay attention in class,” when a Facebook post jumped out at her. Her high school buddy Justin had been wounded in Afghanistan. The details would dribble out in excruciating increments. She was a psychology major, with designs on exploring animal […]

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Service Dog Joins Team

December 28, 2020

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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Wolf Mascot In Training

December 28, 2020

Mark and Carol Rickman ran across the frozen turf at the Neta and Eddie DeRose ThunderBowl for the first time with a brand new four-legged member of the Pack family. “Roch” — a 1-year-old Siberian husky, malamute, boxer and Belgian Malinois mix — scampered with purpose from the west sideline, stopping at the Colorado State University Pueblo logo at […]

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Nonprofit Soldier’s Best Friend

December 28, 2020

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, therapy, sports […]

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Jimmy The Officer Service Dog

December 28, 2020

Upon a first meeting, Jimmy rushes over to a stranger, bestowing incessant kisses before setting himself down to cast an intent stare, seemingly into the person’s soul. Jimmy’s deep brown eyes send a message that he cares; the premature grey on his face signals he understands what you’re going through, despite how terrible it is. […]

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Soldier’s Best Friend

December 24, 2020

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, therapy, sports […]

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Support Dog For Officers

December 24, 2020

Pd Cindy retired as a bomb sniffer dog in October, but has decided she is not quite ready to hang up her leash with the police just yet. The spaniel has now been re-recruited by Humberside Police as a stress dog, supporting officers on their toughest days. So far in Cindy’s nine-year career, she has […]

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Service Dog Found

December 24, 2020

A service dog who went missing Dec. 12 following a wreck on Interstate 95 was found Wednesday not far from the crash scene in Occoquan and appears to be doing fine. Volunteers with Pibbles4Hope, a nonprofit in eastern Prince William offering aid to homeless and low-income pet owners, had been helping in the search since the […]

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Autism Service Dog

December 24, 2020

Nine-year-old Nico Furukawa’s letter to Santa this year asked for only one thing—good luck with his future dog. Nico, who is autistic, is in the midst of a miracle unfolding. His family’s greatest gift this Christmas was being selected to be recipients of a service dog trained specifically for children with autism. While some service […]

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Service Dog Gretchen

December 24, 2020

At 6 months old, Bill Austin’s new service dog, Gretchen, is still a pup learning the basics. But already, she takes her job seriously. Working with trainer Karen Duty of Hellroaring Kennels outside of Polson, Bill and Gretchen recently took in the newly remodeled Showboat Cinema. Socialization training is a lifelong process of exposing service […]

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K9s For Warriors

December 23, 2020

Three Beaches police departments got some bark under their Christmas trees this week. But their new four-legged gifts won’t help “collar” criminals as much as help officers with their increasingly stressful jobs. Jamie, Duke and C4 are called station dogs, donated by K9s For Warriors to the Jacksonville Beach, Neptune and Atlantic Beach police departments, respectively, as canine therapy […]

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