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AKC Launches PupPals Program to Comfort Traumatized Children

Baby VizslaFrom The Dog Lady’s mailbag: The American Kennel Club (AKC®), the world’s largest dog registry, leading industry authority and advocate for dogs, is proud to announce the launch of the AKC PupPals Program.

The AKC PupPals Program provides dog owners a unique opportunity to uplift a child who is seeking the comfort only a dog can provide. Continue reading AKC Launches PupPals Program to Comfort Traumatized Children

Comfort for Toronto

Photo:  Carlos Osorio / Toronto Star
Photo: Carlos Osorio / Toronto Star

After last week’s terrorist attack in Toronto, where a van crashed into a crowd killing 10 people, The Star is reporting that comfort dogs have converged on Mel Lastman Square where the tragedy took place. Nearly 20 dogs from St. John’s Ambulance were on hand to allow those affected by the attack a chance to decompress with unconditional love.

Dogs are great in this role because they don’t judge, and they don’t even mind if you get your tears on them.

With apologies for this being a little delayed. Your erstwhile blogger has been a bit snowed under after taking in three orphaned kittens who must be bottle fed every three hours!

Doggies.com and breeders.net offers our sincerest condolences to all those who lost loved ones in Toronto.

#TorontoStrong

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Programs that encourage kids to read to animals

Thor at work
Thor, hard at work Photo: Steve Bacon @OdinKnowz

I have a friend who takes his dock-diving champion dog Thor to local elementary schools every week to help kids learn to read without the fear of a listener making fun of them when they stumble over words. One of his students told him that she brought her reading grade from a D to a B since reading to Thor.

Recently, the ASPCA’s ProBlog ran a feature on this topic. Here’s what they had to say: Continue reading Programs that encourage kids to read to animals

Flying Home for Christmas Just Got a Little Bit Easier

United PawsUnited Airlines announced they are deploying comfort dogs to major airports throughout the country to make traveling at Christmas a little less onerous. According to a press release, United Paws, a program designed to deliver smiles to customers, brings professionally trained comfort dogs to airports in Chicago, Cleveland, Denver, Houston, Los Angeles, Newark and Washington/Dulles. The United Paws crews will greet customers from Dec. 21 through Dec. 23, each day between 9 a.m. and noon and between 1 and 4 p.m.
Continue reading Flying Home for Christmas Just Got a Little Bit Easier

Lutheran Church Charities Sends Comfort Dogs to Umpqua Community College

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Photo: KETV.com

From Lutheran Church Charities: While the story [of the UCC shooting in Roseburg, Oregon] was just being reported, LCC received a call from the Northwest District Disaster Response Coordinator, The Rev. Ron Norris, requesting the deployment of our LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs in response to this horrific mass shooting.

Following that initial call, the president of the Northwest District, Rev. Paul A. Linnemann, invited the LCC K-9 Comfort Dogs and handlers to Oregon to assist their district with reaching those who are in need, with the Mercy, Compassion, Presence and Proclamation of Jesus Christ.

The LCC K-9 Comfort Dog Teams had traveled from four different states the previous 48 hours to reach Roseburg Oregon. Monday, the team met at 7:30am and started the day with devotions and prayer still awaiting God’s plan for the day. God’s call came at 8am through Pastor Sarkissian of Green Community Church. He would meet the K-9 team at Umpqua Community College as they wanted the Comfort Dogs present when the faculty and staff returned in the morning and the students were invited back at 1pm to retrieve lost articles from the day of the shootings.

When the team arrived, they were led into the center of the campus with their vehicles and given a briefing of what would be going on in the college that day. Veterans from the veteran center, the acting college President, the Sherriff, and the students all arrived shortly after the faculty.

Words cannot describe how strong the emotions were. One by one people recalled the accounts of the day while they petted the dogs. Remembering each minute, where they were and what they heard or saw. Heartbreaking, heroic, and lasting memories. The 6 K-9 teams responded with love and prayer which was so appreciated.

What a wonderful ministry!

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!