Very interesting NY Times article yesterday about a subject you don’t often see discussed, but that my good friend Sam Cila educated me about a long time ago.
“Of the more than 1,570 American service members who have had arms, legs, feet, or hands amputated because of injuries in Afghanistan or Iraq, fewer than 280 have lost upper limbs. Their struggles to use prosthetic limbs are in many ways far greater than for their lower-limb brethren.”
No secret that Dean Koontz is a huge Canine Companions for Independence supporter. I was flipping channels a couple nights ago and bumped into him doing this excellent recent interview on EWTN (aka The Catholic Channel – that’s what I call it, anyway). News to me – I hadn’t heard about the interview before, so thought it might be news to others as well, and so I’m posting it here.
The interview is an hour long and he mostly talks about things he’s discussed many times … Read More
I started reading an outstanding blog recently that others had already discovered and I want to let you know about, too: Help On Four Legs.
Alex Wegman is a young Canine Companions for Independence graduate who went through Team Training at the Northeast Regional Center on Long Island in November 2011 where she was matched with her service dog Bright.
I always like reading CCI graduate blogs, but, understandably, even they don’t always address some of the things Alex does, and her writing stands out even among that crowd. … Read More
I was glad to see the above post a few days ago from Texas Hearing and Service Dogs on their Facebook page, because it puts some hard numbers you rarely see to a somewhat controversial subject that I’ve talked about a little in the past and about which there are some misconceptions.
Namely, Canine Companions for Independence and other organizations who breed some or all of their dogs take a … Read More
Canine Companions for Independence National Graduation Day is a week from tomorrow – next Friday, November 9th.
That’s significant, first, because all five regional centers will hold their graduations on the same day, which is unusual to begin with – sometimes they are a week apart or on the same weekend with some on Friday and some on Saturday.
Even more significant, though, is that CCI will graduate its 4000th assistance dog team.
Mike Chasse is a Canine Companions for Independence graduate in Maine I’ve mentioned before (“The Super Dog Is… Caleb!”) who makes a tremendous point today – in his usual funny way by telling a story about an encounter with a little girl in the grocery store – about the “huge responsibility of being a handy-capable person with a service dog” (“Caleb the Seeing Eye dog… Say Wha?“):
I think all of us who benefit from this tremendous bond, the companionship of these animals that
I’ve been getting a lotta questions lately along the same line: “How do I get my dog certified as a service dog?”
Not surprising given the increasing interest in service dogs in general, especially among veterans and their families, plus the vast amount of misinformation that floats around about this subject, some of it from official sources, which is very disappointing to me.
For example, just a few days ago I read an official Air Force story that contained numerous references to “certifying” a service dog, including this direct quote … Read More
Apprentice instructor Courtney Wannarka trains Rutherford, a two-year-old Labrador, to become a service dog at the Canine Companions for Independence campus in Santa Rosa, Calif. on Wednesday, May 11, 2011. Photo: Paul Chinn, The Chronicle / SF
I'm very active with Canine Companions for Independence as a volunteer, to include being a past member of the Veterans Task Force and puppy raiser. 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. Actively looking for a paid position performing these functions or other similar meaningful work. More...