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To help us close out National Assistance Dog Week is an interview from Jamie Toliver, a certified instructor from Canine Companions of Independence who gives us insight into what her job is like and how rewarding it is to help provide a more independent life for those with disabilities. Please share with us a little about what you do and how you became involved as an assistance dog trainer. I have […]
National Dog Assistance Week is coming to a close but we are pleased to share an interview from Dr. Bloom who is considered by many to be an expert on the topic. Although she is neither a trainer nor works for an organization, Dr. Bloom is a recipient of a service dog and provides ongoing information on her blog My Magic Dog to those wanting to learn more about service […]
This week we bring you an interview with Vaughn Maurice, who is the general manager of Dogs for the Deaf. While the last two interviews in our Adopt-A-Dog series have been on two very different types of organizations, Dogs for the Deaf bridges that difference by training rescue dogs from local shelters to become valuable service animals. Started in 1977 as an organization to provide dogs for the hearing impaired, […]
Did you know that October is also Adopt-A-Dog month? To celebrate, we are going to be interviewing a number of people involved in the adoption process that you might not interact with. Karen Mersereau is a guide dog trainer with Southeastern Guide Dogs. The organization breeds and raises their own dogs (Labrador retrievers, to be specific) not for a traditional adoption, but rather a life-changing and lifelong partnership between guide dog […]
Photo taken by Michael Smith As I’ve mentioned before, my dogs and I sit in awe of the incredible work of service dogs. While researching for my book, The Power of Wagging Tails, I had an opportunity to connect with some amazing people who have service dogs. Hearing about the incredible work of these dogs inspired my terriers to form the Doggie Donation Corps – a motley group of dogs […]