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Journey The Service Dog

January 5, 2021

Several weeks ago, News Center 7 introduced you to a woman named Dottie Podiak, who’s service dog in training, Fate, died after ingesting rat poison.

Podiak was worried that her current service dog, Blessing, was getting too old to help train another dog before he passed. However, that changed Tuesday when Podiak got to meet her new service dog in training.

A few weeks ago, Podiak, who is deaf, was at a loss as to what she should do after her service dog, Fate, tragically passed. Fate has been training with Podiak’s current service dog, Blessing, for three years and was getting ready to take over the reigns when Fate somehow ingested rat poison.

She wasn’t sure if she would ever find another service dog that she could not only afford, but also have trained in time for Blessing to retire. That is until Shannon Hous, owner of Crafted Canines, came long.

Hous said, “We went to WHIO and saw the story and were blown away.”

Crafted Canines was started by Hous because she wanted to help people like Podiak and experience more moments.

“Super emotional for me. Anytime we can give a puppy and see that reaction, makes me feel like we’re doing the right thing,” Hous said,

Podiak received a black female Labrador just like Fate and named the new service dog Journey.

The new dog is all puppy, full of spunk and energy and is already showing signs of a being a great companion.

And, the perfect pup to take over as Podiak’s current service dog, Blessing, prepares to retire.

Podiak said, “We’re very happy.”

Journey’s journey is just beginning. She will spend the next couple of years training right new to Blessing.

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