Emotional Support Animals Offer Many Benefits

May 2, 2017 admin No Comments

College years can be stressful for any young person. For those suffering from mental illness, the pressures can be overwhelming. Johnson State College in Vermont decided to take practical steps to make life easier for these students. The school lets them keep emotional support animals, called ESAs, in their dorm rooms, in the classroom and Read More

Study Shows Your Pet Is Good for Your Health

April 20, 2017 admin No Comments

Do you sometimes feel like your pet’s butler and cook? Americans walk their dogs, cats and other critters, cook for them, and even celebrate their birthdays. But it turns out the benefits go both directions. If you own a pet, scientists say your blood pressure and heart rate are probably lower, and your risk of Read More

Etiquette When Approaching Service Dog

April 18, 2017 admin No Comments

Service Dog Etiquette  A service dog out with his person is a dog at work. These animals are impressive, and it’s natural to want to give them attention. Dog lovers especially are drawn to them, and want to pet and praise them. But don’t. Even if the dog doesn’t look like he’s working, he is Read More

Veteran with PTSD Gets On with Life Because of Service Dog

March 22, 2017 admin No Comments

Serving in the military is difficult. It became even more difficult for Karen Sutcliffe, the first woman to serve an active part in the Canadian infantry, not in an office position. She endured physical, sexual and emotional assaults, all of which have taken a toll. Today Karen is in her 60s and successfully getting on Read More

Michigan Girl Wins Battle with School–Supreme Court Sides with Her

February 28, 2017 admin No Comments

Advocates for service dogs won a round in Michigan recently. Groups representing Ehlena Fry, a 13-year-old girl with cerebral palsy, now have the right to argue the case in court, without the need for lengthy administrative work. The Supreme Court ruling doesn’t finish the matter. Actually, it just opens the door to pursuing the court Read More

News Anchor Trains Service Dog for Wounded Warriors

February 7, 2017 admin No Comments

“He’s changed my life,” said television news anchor Andrea McCarren about her buddy Bunce. A service-dog-in-training, Bunce has been her companion for two years. Now Bunce is headed out to change the life of a wounded warrior, one in need of the daily help the yellow lab can offer as a service dog. Traveled Everywhere Read More

Service Dogs Making Big Difference on Campus

January 31, 2017 admin No Comments

Caitlin Thompson and her service dog Charlie are a team at Michigan State University. Thompson is the school’s facilities supervisor and also a graduate student.  She fields about 20 questions a day about Charlie. Having a service dog makes her conspicuous, but it also allows her to function productively after years of isolation. Service Dogs, Read More

Disabled Lowe’s Employee With Service Dog Picture Goes Viral

December 20, 2016 admin No Comments

In early December 2016, an Internet posting and photo by Judy Rose of Abilene, Texas went viral as it depicted a disabled veteran and his Golden Retriever service dog, Charlotte, at work in the local Lowe’s Home Improvement store. Earlier that day, Julie and her husband Brian had been at the store to pick up Read More

A Veterans Story of Her Service Dog

December 7, 2016 admin No Comments

Veteran and Her Service Dog  Spirit is Wendy Clouser’s partner, as well as her pet. As a service dog, he helps the vet deal with PTSD and the effects of injuries. She relies on a wheelchair much of the time. Clouser is a long-time dog lover, but she didn’t see a place in her life Read More