Assistance Dog

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

“Charge Ahead!”

"Dogs Are 'Guiding Eyes' To Visually Impaired" Today Show | Amy Dixon With Guide Dog Elvis

“Dogs Are ‘Guiding Eyes’ To Visually Impaired”

Outstanding video the week before last about Guiding Eyes For The Blind on The Today Show that I’m just getting around to writing about here. This video covers all the bases – please take the three minutes to watch it and you will see what I mean.

Let me be up front and say again what I have all along here. I’m not crazy about trying to get your message out through the media, because I have seen too many cases of where “even your friends get it … Read More

“When People Show You Who They Are, Believe Them”

Oprah LifeClass With Maya Angelou - “When People Show You Who They Are, Believe Them”

“When People Show You Who They Are, Believe Them – Oprah’s Lifeclass”

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

The Updated Oversimplified Guide To Getting An Assistance Dog

 Luis Zaragoza of Chicago and Jason O. Brown of Murphysboro, Ill. fly above Carbondale in a Southern Illinois University Aviation airplane as part of a training exercise to practice flying with their This Able Veteran service dogs, Cheyenne and Tonka, on Tuesday, August 7, 2012 in Carbondale, Ill. (Joel Hawksley / The Southern)Luis Zaragoza of Chicago and Jason O. Brown of Murphysboro fly above Carbondale in a Southern Illinois University airplane as part of a training exercise to practice flying with their This Able Veteran service dogs, Cheyenne and Tonka, on Tuesday, August 7, 2012. (Joel Hawksley / The Southern) “Service dogs help vets reach new heights”

I’m gonna write a few posts that I’ve been saving up 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.

This first … Read More

Insurance Program For VA Prescribed Service Dogs Launching January 27th?

VA-certified service dogs receive unlimited access to veterinary care“VA-certified service dogs receive unlimited access to veterinary care”

Apparently so.

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

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