“You’re A Part Of Our Family Now”

“Assistance Dogs Meet Their New Partners”

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, May, Aug, Nov – at … Read More

Dean Koontz EWTN Interview

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Dean Koontz EWTN Interview

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 before, … Read More

“Thank You From The Bottom Of My Heart”

Super new video where Kimi Yokota, her mother Aimee, and wounded veteran Steve Blackman talk about his Canine Companions for Independence service dog Gottlieb, who the Yokotas raised, and what that’s meant to all of them.

I’ve written about Steve and Gottlieb a number of times before, but haven’t really said anything about his injuries and what Gottlieb does for him. Steve movingly talks about both those things in the video, and how thankful he is to have him.

The video was done in part as a thank you to the NAPE Expo and … Read More

“I Was Just Hoping That I’d Be Able To Graduate With My Class”

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At the U.S. Naval Academy’s 2012 Graduation Ceremony yesterday, the entire faculty, staff, and all the graduating midshipmen stood up for the one man who could not. Kevin Hillery became the first paraplegic to graduate from the institution, when he accepted his diploma from Secretary of Defense, Leon Panetta. Hillary was paralyzed from the waist down last year in a mountain biking accident in the Shenandoah Valley. “Naval Academy Graduation: Making History”

“Naval Academy Graduates First Paraplegic”

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“Paraplegic Naval Cadet Makes History”

I’ve heard a lot about other “firsts” during this … Read More

Facility Dog Working With Traumatic Brain Injury Patients

Great new video – Seamus is the Canine Companions For Independence Facility Dog at the Drucker Brain Injury Center at MossRehab in Elkins Park, PA near Philadelphia where he works with Physical Therapist Carolyn Tassini.

Note that Carolyn very quickly reels off and demos a whole list of specific patient therapeutic goals that Seamus helps with:

  • Physical Therapy: balance and endurance
  • Occupational Therapy: fine-motor activities like brushing and grooming and putting on / taking off different collars
  • Speech Therapy: speaking more loudly and clearly
  • Neuropsychology: feeling more relaxed and comfortable

You can see another great … Read More