Pseudo-Assistance Dogs Jeopardize Hard-won Rights for Real Service Animals

I saw a news item the other day in the New York Post about Hollywood celebrity Candy Spelling (mother of Tori and widow of TV producer Aaron) bringing her dog, Madison, a Wheaton Terrier, into a New York restaurant wearing a “service dog jacket.” Is this dog really trained and certified as some type of assistance dog? I really have …

Helping Hands: Monkeys as Service Animals

Have you caught the recent articles in New Mobility and Action about Helping Hands: Monkey Helpers for the Disabled? Helping Hands is a national nonprofit organization based in Boston that serves quadriplegics and other people with severe spinal cord injuries or mobility limitations by providing highly trained monkeys to assist them in their daily activities. I don’t know about you, …

War Dogs Remembered – Recognizing Our Unsung Canine Heroes

I recently had the pleasure of visiting with veteran military dog handler, Larry Chilcoat on Working Like Dogs at www.PetLifeRadio.com. Larry stopped by to visit with me about the ongoing efforts to build a Military Working Dogs National Monument. It is amazing the amount of work and dedication that a group of individuals have contributed to the Military Working Dogs …

Current Assistance Dog Legislation

As a member of an assistance dog team, I know I sometimes take for granted all of the policy and administrative decisions that are being discussed and implemented. These laws and policies are very important, as they can directly impact our ability to function in public as effective assistance dog teams. Recently I heard about two legislative proposals directly related …

Growing Up Guide Pup

What a lucky dog! One-year-old guide dog in training Ricki spent her birthday at Disneyland in California, but took a break with her people, Matt and Amie Chapman, to talk to me and Whistle on the Working Like Dogs show recently. Matt and Amie are producing a weekly video series on YouTube called Growing Up Guide Pup, which captures the …