Time For A Change

Canine Companions for Independence Air Force Veteran Graduate Jason Morgan and his Successor Service Dog Rue

We’re back from 6500 miles of driving which started just over a month ago when we left here headed east for Annapolis on what I’d call “The CCI Tour”. It began with attending the Canine Companions for Independence Sails & Tails event there, continued with a number of visits with the CCI family around the country, and culminated a few weeks later with going to the Northwest Region graduation in Santa Rosa, California where I got to see my good friend and fellow Air Force veteran Jason Morgan graduate with his Successor Service Dog Rue.… Read More

Everybody’s Got Cute Puppies

New Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog Archie at Caring People Alliance in Philadelphia.

New Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog Archie at Caring People Alliance in Philadelphia. (Photo from their Facebook page.)

A good Canine Companions for Independence graduate friend of mine nailed things a few years ago when, completely unprompted by me, he pointed to his service dog and said to me, very emphatically, “Everybody’s got cute puppies, but they don’t have this.”

I knew exactly what he meant, and he’s exactly right.

Every assistance dog organization I know of posts puppy photos and stories – nothing unique there. So if you’re looking to … Read More

World Autism Awareness Day

Eddie and his Dogs for the Disabled Autism Assistance Dog Harmony | World Autism Awareness DayEddie and his Dogs for the Disabled Autism Assistance Dog Harmony.

I’ve seen a few assistance dog related things for World Autism Awareness Day today and Autism Awareness Month, but I thought this 1 minute and 49 second video from Dogs for the Disabled in the UK was particularly good.

Certainly not an area I claim expertise in, although I can tell you where I’d look for an assistance dog if I was looking for one to serve someone with autism. And I also always keep in mind something I’ve read more than once, and … Read More

Be Careful About Backing Yourself Into A Corner

Justin Lansford with his Warrior Canine Connection service dog Gabe at the first ever Military Benefit Association Wounded Warrior vs NFL Redskin Alumni flag football game Nov 16, 2013 in Arlington, VA.

Justin Lansford with his Warrior Canine Connection service dog Gabe at the first-ever Military Benefit Association Wounded Warrior vs NFL Redskin Alumni flag football game Nov 16, 2013 in Arlington, VA. (Photo from Gabe’s Facebook page.)

I bumped into a great post from Dog Bless You the other night. Not somewhere I follow, and I only saw it because I was looking at the Warrior Canine Connection page and they’d linked it because they were mentioned, but they flat nailed things here.

“People ask us daily why we support breeding service dogs in

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New EMS And Service Dogs Reference Guide

Guiding Eyes for the Blind yellow Lab guide dog in training Pita sits quietly between a center mounted ambulance stretcher and a bench seat. Her leash is attached to the "dead ring" on her collar and she's safely tethered to the loop of a fastened seat belt. Photo by Liflander Photography.“Guiding Eyes for the Blind yellow Lab guide dog in training Pita sits quietly between a center mounted ambulance stretcher and a bench seat. Her leash is attached to the “dead ring” on her collar and she’s safely tethered to the loop of a fastened seat belt. Photo by Liflander Photography.”

Call this my PSA for the day – I have a feeling you’re gonna see this one a lotta places, but I wanna help make sure that happens, so I’m gonna post it as well. Anyone with an assistance dog, or emergency responders who … Read More