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“I’ve seen a look in dogs’ eyes, a quickly vanishing look of amazed contempt, and I am convinced that basically dogs think humans are nuts.” – John Steinbeck
Originally posted on Help is a Four-Legged Word™:
Each year about 600 puppies are born into the Canine Companions community—all are born with the hopes of becoming an assistance dog and creating independence for a person with a disability.
With her parents support, Heather Shimabukuru took on the responsibilities of being Heaven’s volunteer puppy raiser.
There are over 1,000 volunteer puppy raisers across the country who provide Canine Companions puppies with a safe home, take them to obedience classes, serve up a healthy diet, provide socialization opportunities and give lots of love.
“My favorite cousins have muscular dystrophy and I wanted to raise a puppy to be an assistance dog in their honor,” Heather explains.
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Originally posted on BaxterBoo Blog:
It’s no mystery that dogs can sense things about humans, their moods, character, and more. When I have an ill child, or one of us is having a rough day, our dogs and, even the cat, take note and snuggle up close. But now dogs have been trained to use their sense of smell to detect disease, specifically the highly transmittable Clostridium difficile, (C. difficile, C. diff) a bacterial infection that causes severe diarrhea and dehydration, affecting an estimated 14,000 people in the U.S. annually.
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Originally posted on CBS DC:
HAGERSTOWN, Md. — A canine member of a Frederick County, Md., family is enjoying puppyhood with treats, walks and massages, but he will someday have a big job as a service dog.
The McCauleys brought Gibson, a black Labrador, home about 10 months ago. He is their third dog through Guiding Eyes for the Blind.
“He’s been the easiest to work with,” Jim McCauley said. “He’s very connected with people.”
Guiding Eyes for the Blind is seeking new puppy raisers in Frederick and Washington counties in Maryland, as well as Southcentral Pennsylvania. Puppy raisers bring 8-week-old dogs into their homes, then nurture and educate them for a 14- to 16-month period.
Afterward, the dogs go to specialized training to become guide dogs for blind or visually impaired individuals.
Linda McCauley spotted an advertisement for the organization about four years ago. The couple said they have always had dogs, including several…
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