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, …

Meeting new dogs: What’s the best approach?

Service dog Whistle and his new friend, Bueno, after their first meeting   As an experienced assistance dog handler, you may consider yourself to be a total “dog person,” but that doesn’t mean you should assume it’s OK to approach every unknown dog.  For me and Whistle, getting up close and personal isn’t always the best approach. When I am …

Visiting Universal Studios in Orlando with a Service Dog

My husband, Franz, service dog, Whistle and I recently had the opportunity to travel to Orlando, Florida for work. While we were there we took some time to visit Universal Studios. We are big Harry Potter fans and we were interested in visiting the new Wizarding World of Harry Potter attraction at Universal Studios in Orlando. As a wheelchair user …

Service Animal Relief Areas at Airports

Have you traveled through an airport since the U.S. Department of Transportation required airports to install service animal relief areas? Whistle and I flew to Washington, D.C. last week. We traveled through the Chicago Midway Airport and Dulles Airport in Washington, D.C. We had a three hour layover on the way to Washington, D.C. in Chicago. I was so disappointed …

Courthouse Dogs Help Ensure Justice is Served

Have you heard of a courthouse dog? They’re not legal experts, but these specially trained dogs are being used in the criminal justice system to help provide support for crime victims and their families, and even for social workers or other staff members. Increasingly, courthouse dogs are being used in states across the country. Although they’re called courthouse dogs, these …

National Service Dog Eye Exam Event

Hats off to the American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) and Merial® for conducting the 3rd annual National Service Dog Eye Exam Event throughout the month of May 2010. Through this event, more than 170 board certified veterinary ophthalmologists in the U.S. and Canada will provide free sight-saving eye exams to thousands of service dogs including guide dogs, assistance dogs, …

Are Dog Parks a Good Idea for Service Dogs?

It seems like every time I turn around these days, some one is suggesting that I take my service dog, Whistle, to a dog park. As a person who uses a wheelchair, this is a little intimidating to me. I am nervous about letting Whistle off lead around strange dogs that neither he nor I know. I am curious; do …