Facility Dog

Everybody’s Got Cute Puppies

New Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog Archie at Caring People Alliance in Philadelphia.

New Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog Archie at Caring People Alliance in Philadelphia. (Photo from their Facebook page.)

A good Canine Companions for Independence graduate friend of mine nailed things a few years ago when, completely unprompted by me, he pointed to his service dog and said to me, very emphatically, “Everybody’s got cute puppies, but they don’t have this.”

I knew exactly what he meant, and he’s exactly right.

Every assistance dog organization I know of posts puppy photos and stories – nothing unique there. So if you’re looking to … Read More

Southeastern Guide Dogs Facility Therapy Dog Goldie At Walter Reed National Military Medical Center

Southeastern Guide Dogs Facility Therapy Dog Goldie at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center.“‏@DogGuideTrainer A big thank you and congrats to Walter Reed in welcoming Goldie to the family as a Facility Therapy dog. #servicedogs pic.twitter.com/AD0GWNJ8Iu “

I don’t know all the details like I would normally like to before posting anything here (specifically, what Air Force person or group this dog belongs to, and exactly what the dog’s training has consisted of), but the two outstanding pictures I’ve seen and what I do know are enough that I wanted to post about Goldie here.

First, the above photo from the Southeastern Guide Dogs Twitter account, and then … Read More

Here’s The Good News

St Francis Service Dogs Facility Dog Deuce at the Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center in Roanoke, VirginiaSt Francis Service Dogs Facility Dog Deuce at the Blue Ridge Autism and Achievement Center

I know I’ve said a lot here over time about how things in the assistance dog world in the United States overall aren’t as good as they should be, Assistance Dogs International accreditation doesn’t go far enough in ensuring there are only top quality organizations, and that there are some real problems out there. That’s all still true, and I still have those concerns.

But here’s the really good news.

During my recent review of all the ADI accredited organizations … Read More

Beware Of His Powerful “Helicopter” Tail

Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog Lonnie at Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital in Greenville, SC

Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog Lonnie at Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital in Greenville, SC

I knew about CCI Facility Dog Lonnie because of a very nice post a young lady who rehabs at Roger C. Peace Rehabilitation Hospital wrote a few months ago about how much he means to her, but I only discovered these photos from last November on their Facebook page today.

I love that ambulance paint job, and I wish every hospital with a Facility Dog would do the same thing.

I would’ve posted this picture anyway, just because it’s … Read More

“With The Comfort That Duvall Brings, It’s Amazing”

Canine Companions for Independence Facility Dog Duvall from the Terrebonne Parish District Attorney’s Office in Houma, Louisiana

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 finding out about upcoming events … Read More