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H.R. 4305: Vets and Dogs

Photo from Lackland Military Dogs
Photo from Lackland Military Dogs

If you follow this blog fairly regularly, you know I have a soft spot for dogs and veterans. The US House of Representatives has now passed a resolution (#4305) that includes both. Here’s the bill summary from the congressional website:

Puppies Assisting Wounded Service Members for Veterans Therapy Act or the PAWS for Veterans Therapy Act

This bill requires the Department of Veterans Affairs to implement a pilot program to assess the effectiveness of addressing post-deployment mental health and post-traumatic stress disorder through a method where veterans train service dogs for veterans with disabilities.

Read the full text, if you’d like, then call your Senators and ask them to make sure the bill comes up for a vote in the Senate.

Let’s get this bill passed, as it helps both the dogs and the vets.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

20th Annual ACE Award Winner: Service Dog Polly

PollyThis week, doggies.com is featuring the winners of the 20th AKC Humane Annual ACE Awards.

Part one: Uniformed Service K-9 Summer

Part two: Therapy Dog Gunther

Today’s post features Polly, a Labrador Retriever who lives with Rachel Husband in Sparks, Nevada. “Polly,” officially known as Candylabs’ Pocket Queen CD PCDX RM2 RAE2 CGCA CGCU, is a five-year-old Labrador Retriever owned by Rachel Husband of Sparks, Nevada. Rachel has a rare health condition called Dysautonomia, a disorder of the autonomic nervous system which causes fainting, leaving her wheelchair-bound. Continue reading 20th Annual ACE Award Winner: Service Dog Polly

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!

LAX staffs up PUPs program in wake of Las Vegas Shootings

Although the LAX PUPs (Pets Unstressing Passengers) program has been in operation for a while, they are adding shifts, knowing that at least some passengers going through their terminals will have been affected by the massacre in Las Vegas.

“Due to senseless shooting in Las Vegas, there are extra #LAXPUPs (Pets Unstressing Passengers) in terminals to comfort & visit w/ passengers,” LAX Tweeted.

Kudos to them for recognizing the healing power of dogs. You can find out more about these certified therapy dogs on the LAX website.

Until next time,
Good day, and good dog!

Canines and Childhood Cancer

Whether it’s because they relieve boredom, raise depressed spirits, or provide that extra cuddle, therapy dogs are being proven to help kids beat cancer. They also help the families who are stressed out over their loved ones.

The study is being done by the American Humane Association at five children’s hospitals, paid for by Zoetis and The Pfizer Foundation.

The video highlights some of the successes they’ve had so far.

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