My dear friends Nanc Patterson and her Canine Companions for Independence Service Dog Mahler are the epitome of an outstanding assistance dog team. Nanc has a firm grasp on every concept I discuss in this post, lives it daily, and has very successfully – and normally very quietly – advocated for herself and Mahler on numerous occasions. (Photo is from the invitation for the Sixth Annual CCI Sails & Tails event in Annapolis on April 27, 2014.)
“Visibility turns into exposure in a heartbeat.”
Not a new concept – at least not to me – … Read More
Amy Dixon and Elvis receiving the Chelsea Cohen Courage Award Monday, Oct 21, 2013 at the Hyatt Regency in Greenwich, CT. The award is presented by the Fairfield County Sports Commission and NFL Hall of Famer Steve Young’s Forever Young Foundation, and “recognizes the person in the sports community who has shown inspirational strength in battling life-altering obstacles.” “Greenwich’s Dixon named Chelsea Cohen Courage Award winner by Sports Commission”
There’s so much stuff you can read about and from Amy Dixon it’s not funny, so I’m not even gonna try to recap all that here. … Read More
If I could give anyone looking for an assistance dog just one piece of advice, this would be it.
This is really an adjunct to the last post I wrote, and is another in a series of posts I’ve been saving up that really go together, and could be helpful to you as you look for an assistance dog, or could just as well convince you that you need help doing it.
My friends will laugh at me actually quoting Oprah and Maya … Read More
This is a pretty obscure place, and with very little lead time, to see what I would expect to be a major announcement about the long-awaited insurance plan for veterans’ service dogs that have been approved by VA, so I’m checking on that. (*Update, Jan 26: I’ve confirmed that this is accurate and is happening.)
Note the key first paragraph:
“The Department of Veteran Affairs (VA), in conjunction with Trupanion, will launch the U.S. Veteran Service Dog Program Jan. 27. The program will
I'm very involved in the assistance dog community, including as a past member of the Veterans Task Force, volunteer, and puppy raiser at Canine Companions for Independence. Retired as a US Air Force Chief Master Sergeant after a 20-year career as an airborne Russian and Vietnamese linguist with my last assignments at the Air Force Academy as Fourth Group Sergeant Major and Dean of Faculty Superintendent. More...