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Service Dog Month Ending

October 8, 2020

September was designated as National Service Dog Month, and one Berks County native is working hard to ensure that the public is informed about what that means. Susan Focht owns and operates Dogs In Service Project, a nonprofit that teaches individuals about the different types of Assistance Dogs, laws surrounding Assistance Dog ownership, and provides […]

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Fundraiser For Canine Group

October 8, 2020

Sergeant Tom Cronenwett of the Mount Gilead Police Department has a fondness for canines, specifically service dogs. A drive-thru style spaghetti dinner is planned as a fundraiser to benefit both the Central Ohio Canine Foundation and Kevin Farrell and training for his aspiring service dog, Duncan. “I’m a trainer with Black Paw Canine and Ben […]

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Service Dog Organization

October 8, 2020

In 1962 when Marybeth Hearn was 10 years old, she convinced her parents to let her volunteer to raise a puppy for the California-based nonprofit Guide Dogs for the Blind. She wasn’t sure what to expect when they brought home a black Labrador Retriever named Lepta, but she knew one thing for certain. “I do […]

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AMR Therapy Dog

October 8, 2020

Rampart, a therapy dog with American Medical Response San Bernardino County, recently passed his Certified Therapy Dog exam. AMR acquired Rampart, a 1½-year-old goldendoodle, when he was 10 weeks old. Rampart started basic obedience classes when he was 4 months old and continued through advanced obedience classes, according to a news release. When he was […]

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A Dog’s World

October 8, 2020

Akron-Canton Airport President and CEO Renato “Ren” Camacho isn’t shy about promoting his airport’s commitment to its passengers. One obvious sign is a $34 million gate modification project nearing completion that includes a new concourse packed with amenities for moms, business travelers and passengers in general. On Wednesday, Camacho demonstrated that the airport’s commitment to […]

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Military Working Dogs

October 8, 2020

The Army is developing high-tech augmented reality goggles for dogs that eventually could allow handlers to give them directions from afar, the service said. Military working dogs are directed via hand signals, speaking or laser pointers, which require the handler to remain close by. That can potentially endanger soldiers on missions that involve finding explosives […]

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Pawfect Pets

October 8, 2020

For Shearly Pawfect Pets Founder Michelle Carpin, grooming is much more just grooming — it’s a form of art, a mission that includes education and gaining an animal’s trust. The full-service grooming business on South Michael Street in St. Marys began with a soft opening in August 2017, Carpin said. Carpin, who lives in Weedville […]

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Workers Get Canine Interactions

October 8, 2020

It was a long, boring spring and summer for the four-footed members of the Alliance of Therapy Dogs, who couldn’t visit nursing homes and hospitals giving tail wags and doggy smiles. The coronavirus paused the professional canine therapeutic interactions with patients and hospital workers. “You could actually see him falling into a depression at home,” said Wendy Kadish of […]

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Therapy Dog Program

October 8, 2020

An initiative by Cyndy Caravelis, associate professor of criminology and criminal justice at Western Carolina University, will include a pilot program to use a therapy dog to aid domestic violence victims and their families in Jackson County. Caravelis’ German shepherd Atlas will escort victims and family members into court procedures and stay with children while […]

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Therapy Dogs Working With Staff

October 8, 2020

After a pause due to COVID-19, the St. John Ambulance Abbotsford therapy dog team recently returned to visit staff at several different correctional facilities in the Fraser Valley. The PAWS inside program originally began at the Alouette Correctional Centre for Women five years ago and started off by providing services to inmates. Last year, the […]

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