I’ve posted many times about service dogs, how expensive they are to train, and how valuable they are to the people they assist. It’s inconceivable to me that a school district is now in front of the courts, trying to ban an assistance dog from attending school with his autistic charge, a six-year old boy.
The Associated Press reports today that a new program from the Veterans Administration takes dogs from animal shelters, trains them, and sends them home with soldiers wounded in Iraq and Afghanistan to help them in their recovery.
My local paper had a nice piece today about service dogs. There is an organization here in Canton named Canines Helping Independent People (CHIP) that trains assistance dogs, and they just graduated a new class of dogs yesterday.
For the 7th year in a row, Goodwill Industries of Greater Cleveland and East Central Ohio will sponsor an Applause for Working Paws Dog Walk on June 21st from 11:00 – 2:00 pm. Although we won’t be able to attend this year, it has been a lot of fun in years past.