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It is a Privilege to Honor Our Assistance Dogs

by Edward Crane, My Assistance Dog Inc. Each year during the first full week of August, International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) is celebrated around the world. It is a time we celebrate the contributions of all assistance dogs around the world and educate everyone to their importance in our lives. This year, it will be from: Sunday, August 6th, thru …

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Working for a Second Chance

Lovey, Franz and I enjoyed an amazing time visiting with the Southern New Mexico Correctional Facility’s (SNMCF) Prisoners and Animals Working for Success (PAWS) program. These determined inmates are taking unwanted dogs from the Mesilla Valley Animal Services Center in Las Cruces, NM, and giving the dogs basic obedience training and hope for adoption and a second chance at life. …

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Ayurveda for Dogs: Pursuing Your Dog’s Perfect Health

With all the talk lately about the benefits of meditation and other ancient Ayurvedic practices, have you ever thought about how your dog might benefit from such alternative practices? I was curious about meditation and decided to visit the Deepak Chopra Center for Wellbeing in Carlsbad, California, a few years ago. I thought Dr. Deepak Chopra (author of Perfect Health …

Tech Talk with Intel: Will Robotic Dogs Guide the Blind?

Will robots and other technology replace guide dogs? I’ll never forget the first day of service dog team training. One of the first things the trainers told us was, “Your new dog is not a robot.” And, here we are 20 years later talking about robots as assistance dogs. Intel’s technology, as it relates to assistance dogs, was recently discussed …

Assistance Dogs in the Workplace: Wayne Wicklund and Snow Shadow

Hearing Dog Snow helps Wayne Wicklund with his work as a computer tech and webmaster. In the International Assistance Dog Week newsletter, we’ve been asking people to share their stories of their dogs in the workplace. Anne Wicklund wrote in from Arizona about her husband Wayne’s hearing dog, Snow, and Snow’s successor, Snow Shadow. — I have to tell you …

Assistance Dogs in the Workplace: Lisa Loftis and Diabetes Alert Dog Ija

High School teacher Lisa Loftis and her Diabetes Alert Dog, Ija, work at the Creative Education Preparatory Institute (CEPI). In the International Assistance Dog Week newsletter, we’ve been asking people to share their stories of their dogs in the workplace. Here’s the story shared with us by Lisa Loftis.—— Language Arts teacher Lisa Loftis and her Diabetes Alert Dog, Ija, …

Assistance Dogs in the Workplace: Kathy Taylor and Hearing Dog Janet

Kathy Taylor and her CCI Hearing Dog Janet travel a lot for Kathy’s job as a System Designer-Engineer with CenturyLink In the May issue of the International Assistance Dog Week newsletter, we asked people to share their stories of their dogs in the workplace. Here is a story shared by Kathy Taylor.  —————-From the moment I received my Hearing Dog …

Is your holiday party going to the dogs?

Whistle likes the holidays but isn’t sure about the reindeer antlers he’s wearing right now As the holidays roll around again, many of us are preparing to host an annual holiday party. As you prepare your guest list, does it include someone partnered with an assistance dog? And if so, do you know how to make sure all your guests, …

What if your assistance dog outlives you?

An older man and his dog We don’t always think about what will happen if our assistance dog outlives us. Usually our focus is on the grief we’ll feel when our beloved dog goes before us, since dogs usually have a short lifespan. But planning ahead to make sure your assistance dog is cared for if you die before they …