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
Oh, I’m willing to bet he gets plenty of attention there at the center, especially based on some of the comments about him I’ve read, but I mean I never see much written about him publicly. Not sure why that is, but my guess is … Read More
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
The fourth annual Warrior Games just finished up five days ago, and I’m still a little tired. And I was just watching, plus I live here. I can’t imagine what it’s like for the athletes, coming here from all over (including the UK this year), competing, doing interviews, going to meetings, just trying to find time to eat – and all at 6000+ feet altitude, which most of them aren’t used to.
I’ve been to all four and written here about the previous … Read More
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
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...