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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 …

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 …

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, …

Assistance Dogs at Craig Hospital

Retired guide dog Heather Recently my husband Franz, Whistle, and I traveled to Craig Hospital in Denver, Colorado, for my annual physical and re-evaluation of my disability-related medical needs. I’ve been coming to Craig for over 10 years. They are consistently  recognized as one of the top rehabilitation facilities in the country. During my stays throughout the years, I have …

What I Know for Sure After 39 Years of Being a Guide Dog Handler

Guest blogger Katherine Schneider, Ph.D, Senior Psychologist Emerita, Counseling Service, University of Wisconsin-Eau Claire, and Author of “To the Left of Inspiration: Adventures in Living with Disabilities” has written this blog post for Working Like Dogs. You can find more of her musings at her blog: http://kathiecomments.wordpress.com. I’m heading off to train with my ninth Seeing Eye dog and that’s put …

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 …