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Saturday Survey: Assistance Dogs at the Paralympics

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Earlier in the week, I posted about a legally blind runner who was forced to travel to the Paralympics without her guide dog. Was this fair?

Should assistance dogs have been excluded from Paralympics?

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Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Deplorable Lack of Disability Awareness at Paralympics: Guide Dog Left Behind

 Paralympic runner Kym Crosby is able to compete on her own but relies on guide dog Tron in places like airports and hotels. Coronavirus restrictions and Japanese regulations forced her to leave Tron at home during the Tokyo Paralympics. (Morry Anne Angell / Guide Dogs for the Blind)
Paralympic runner Kym Crosby is able to compete on her own but relies on guide dog Tron in places like airports and hotels. Coronavirus restrictions and Japanese regulations forced her to leave Tron at home during the Tokyo Paralympics.
(Morry Anne Angell / Guide Dogs for the Blind)
Gonna be on my soapbox for a minute.

You would think, at an event created especially for the disabled, that organizers would have a pretty good handle on what people of different abilities need. But check out this story from David Wharton in the LA Times. (Read the whole story at that link. Excerpt below.) Continue reading Deplorable Lack of Disability Awareness at Paralympics: Guide Dog Left Behind

Retired Military Dog Reunited with Handler

U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Angela Cardone, a military working dog handler with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, conducts training at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 19, 2018. (Seth Rosenberg/U.S. Marine Corps)
U.S. Marine Corps Lance Cpl. Angela Cardone, a military working dog handler with Headquarters and Headquarters Squadron, conducts training at Marine Corps Air Station Iwakuni, Japan, Oct. 19, 2018. (Seth Rosenberg/U.S. Marine Corps)
From Military.com and the Honolulu Star Advertiser:

Bogi, a 5-year old Belgian Malinois, has been reunited with her original handler, Sgt. Angela Cardone of the U.S. Marine Corps, at Queen Kapiolani Hotel in Waikiki, with the help of Washington, DC’s American Humane military program.

The pair originally met in Iwakuni, Japan, about three years ago. Cardone trained Bogi as a narcotics detection dog, and the two worked together for two years until Cardone was moved to Honolulu last summer. Continue reading Retired Military Dog Reunited with Handler

A Different Kind of Coon Dog

East Asian Raccoon DogYou may be familiar with the Coon Hounds common throughout the Southern United States, but this is a different kind of coon dog: the East Asian Raccoon Dog. Although it is not bred to hunt raccoons and is totally unrelated to Raccoons, it is called the Raccoon Dog due to its passing resemblance to the smaller mammal.

I think this dog is pretty cute, but it appears it is not terribly domesticated in its native Japan. They are most similar to the fox, and are hunted for their fur. They are the only dog breed that hibernates.

What do you think of it? Yea or nay?

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!