I’ll always be involved with service dogs, especially for veterans, but I can’t promise you’ll see me here writing about it.
It’s simply too important an issue not to be involved, and is bigger than any one of us individually or all of us combined. But my focus professionally is shifting a little because I’m now actively pursuing a veterans affairs director position at a college or university.
I had a military friend of mine tell me a few months ago that “You’re the lighthouse. There are thousands of people … Read More
Nice interview in honor of International Assistance Dog Week with Jamie Toliver, a Canine Companions for Independence instructor at the Northwest Regional Center, which is co-located with the National Headquarters in Santa Rosa, CA.
It’s not unheard of to see an interview with a CCI instructor, but it doesn’t happen all that often, either, and it’s great to see this one, particularly since Jamie’s been doing this for 5+ years now.
Lotta good insights here for anybody with an interest in … Read More
Excellent Newsday video from a couple days ago that gives you a very rare look at the pre-matches during the ongoing Team Training at the Canine Companions for Independence Northeast Regional Training Center in Medford, NY on Long Island. Especially nice to see such a positive approach from the Northeast Region during International Assistance Dog Week – I’ve seen at least one other story like that from there this week.
While these pre-matches happen during every Team Training (four times a year – Feb, … Read More
A group of Canine Companions for Independence Puppy Raisers and their puppies from Ohio and Western Pennsylvania went on a trip to the Greater Cleveland Aquarium today. In the above photo from the aquarium’s Facebook page, Chili, who goes back for professional training at the North Central Regional Center outside Columbus, Ohio next month, is shown doing a great “Up” and checking out one of the divers.
I don’t often post pictures of puppies in training, but this one was just too good to pass up, and I have a … Read More
Very nice photo I discovered earlier today of Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog Duvall from the Terrebonne Parish District Attorney’s Office in Houma, Louisiana on the cover of the July Point of Vue magazine. That’s a very good looking dog, and I like the badge, too.
The corresponding article, “Palling Around”, talks about how Duvall comforts children who may have been the victims of abuse when they are interviewed or testify in court.
You can read much more about these dogs and what they do, as well as … Read More
Great article about the Canine Companions for Independence graduate team of Melissa and Joey Dickinson and Skilled Companion Mojo (I love that name), including some very nice and well-deserved words for long time (as in 24 years+) Puppy Raiser and supporter Marty Marlatt, but I want to key on one thing that really makes it special:
Niles is a Facility Dog at Mercy Hospital in Springfield, Missouri, where he’s paired with Occupational Therapists Lindsi Johnson and Caitlin Buening in a neurological outpatient and inpatient rehab clinic working mostly with those who have suffered strokes, brain … Read More
You may remember a show that ran on the PAX network from 2002-2005 (sure seems a lot longer ago) called “Sue Thomas, F.B.Eye.” It was based on the true story of Sue Thomas, a deaf woman whose outstanding lip reading ability resulted in her being assigned to an FBI surveillance team.
Groundbreaking might be a little strong, but it’s not far off. It was certainly the … Read More
I'm very involved in the assistance dog community, including as a past member of the Veterans Task Force 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. Actively looking for a paid position performing these functions or other similar meaningful work. More...