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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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Veteran And His Dog

December 22, 2020

.It wasn’t exactly the tender, affecting environment for love at first sight. But when double lower amputee Marine Sgt. (ret.) Patrick Brown and an anxious German Shepherd Dog puppy Drea first cast eyes on each other in August 2017, a union of soul mates was established. That dream moment occurred at a Mutts With A […]

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Police Companions

December 22, 2020

A Ponte Vedra-based nonprofit will donate service dogs to three police departments in Northeast Florida on Wednesday. K9s For Warriors on Tuesday said the donations would not only benefit the Neptune Beach, Atlantic Beach and Jacksonville Beach police departments, but would also provide the dogs a new supportive, family environment. The dogs — Jamie for […]

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Remembering A Service Dog

December 22, 2020

“At first I was just hoping that when he ran back to me maybe he just had a broken leg and I was in complete shock of everything that happened,” said SU graduate student Haley Michlitsch. Haley Michlitsch was walking her service dog Addy when he jumped in front of a car that almost hit […]

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PTSD Service Dog

December 22, 2020

For nearly a year and a half, a Labrador retriever named Archie helped Debbie Carleton get out of bed every day. Archie was matched with Carleton, a Halifax Regional Police detective who logged more than two decades on the job, by Canadian Intervention and Assistance Dogs, or CIAD. But Carleton, who now lives in New Brunswick, […]

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K9s For Warriors

December 22, 2020

A First Coast nonprofit known for serving disabled veterans by providing them with service dogs is branching out to serve three local police stations in need of canine companionship. K9s for Warriors, based out of Ponte Vedra Beach, wanted to give back to others who selflessly serve in uniform. That’s why they’re holding a ceremony […]

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Service Dogs For Veterans

December 22, 2020

When his U.S. Army detachment was sent to serve in the War in Afghanistan, Tim Kellermann’s first stop was the massive Bagram Air Base. “You can actually see pictures of it in the first ‘Iron Man’ movie,” he said, his voice containing perhaps a hint of pride in having arrived at such a high-profile destination. […]

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Canine Companions

December 21, 2020

Wallis Brozman’s service dog Renata is always ready to work: to pick up items that Brozman drops, to help pull her wheelchair and in general, to stay attentive to her needs in any situation. “I could probably find ways to do some of the things Renata helps me with,” Brozman said. “But she allows me […]

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Arson Dog Teams

December 21, 2020

The Illinois State Fire Marshal’s Office is welcoming three new members to its team — and they’re all dogs. K9 Phantom, K9 Gunny, and K9 PJ are the newest accelerant detection canines, also called arson dogs, to investigate suspicious fires in the state. Officials said these dogs are highly trained to sniff out evidence at […]

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Military Working Dog

December 21, 2020

The silence is deafening as I stare into his eyes. He’s looking at me from 15 yards away, his gaze unwavering and I feel as if he’s staring into my soul. The suit I’m wearing is heavy and makes the thought of running a laughable idea. In my head I hear the faint whistle from […]

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