Nico Marcolongo, Major, USMC (Ret) with his Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog Tali; PJ Glavey, Captain, USMC; David Rozelle, Major, USA with his CCI Service Dog Domi; me with Zephan and Ophelia
Great picture with a couple old friends and a new one taken by Army Major Dave Richkowski at Nico’s Buddy Bowl event in Louisville, Colorado last Saturday.
I’ve talked about Nico and Dave here before; I met PJ for the first time that day – great guy. I could put up links for all three of them, … Read More
I’ve said for a long time that Facility Dogs are the Rodney Dangerfield of the Canine Companions for Independence world, and, in my experience, even most associated with CCI aren’t really aware of the wide variety of things they do.
I know I sure didn’t give them the respect they deserve initially, and that was largely because every time I heard them being brought up, it was as a means to an end, specifically in military hospitals, of educating patients about applying for service dogs. Now that’s certainly a great … Read More
So far in my series about Cesar Millan’s recent “Junior gets his Service Dog certification!” post, I’ve talked about how it was so wrong and how it’s a classic example of misplaced priorities. Please review those if you haven’t read them already. And, again, the page that started this controversy has been taken down, but you can read a cached version here, and you can click on the photo for a larger screen capture image of the article as well.
Next let’s talk about the law, or, more … Read More
You really gotta wade through this article (and there are definitely some inaccuracies in it, too) to find it, but here’s the key point of the story:
Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog Dart at Holmes Regional Medical Center in Melbourne, FL just became the first dog to ever receive the Rainbow Award from the Brevard Association of Human Services – it’s always been given to humans before.
Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog Dart with human partner Karen Hersing, LCSW.
Nice story and audio in this morning’s Chattanooga paper about three Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dogs in the Chattanooga area schools – Reebee II, Zorro II, and a third yet to be chosen that’s been approved and is on the way. Kay Gaither, the teacher getting the third dog, says she hopes to attend the May Team Training at CCI’s Southeast Regional Center in Orlando.
Pfc. James Burns plays with service dog Finn at the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Detachment, Camp Kaneohe, Hawaii.
Hey, how about something a lot more fun and upbeat than yesterday’s depressing post about the VA (one of these days I hope to be able to write about them and have a good feeling instead of the bad one I always get now).
That quote in the subject line of this post cracked me up when I read it yesterday. It’s from Susan Luehrs, executive director of Hawaii Fi-Do, the
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...