Hi everybuddy! Did you have a Most Wonderful and Exciting New Year? We did! We stayed up until 10 PEE EM! I’m tellin’ ya – we know how to pawty in my house!
Okay, I heard from Khyra abouts this great thing that Milk-Bone® is doing called Bark It Furward that helps raise green papers for Canine Assistants. And it was such a Most Marvelous thing that we thought we’d jump in and help, too!
So for every comment left on my bloggie through January 4th, Milk-Bone® will give Canine Assistants ONE WHOLE GREEN PAPER! Can you believe it? That’s all you have to do. Just leave a comment on this postie and Canine Assistants gets green papers. Seriously! How super easy is that?
So what are you waiting for? Get commenting!
Oh, and if you don’t know what Canine Assistants is, here’s a little something that the Milk-Bone® peoples sent me about them. After reading this, I think they must be the Florence Nightingales of the dog world.
Canine Assistants® is a non-profit organization, founded in 1991, which trains and provides service dogs for children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs. In addition to physically assisting those with disabilities, Canine Assistants service dogs are instrumental in removing many of the barriers faced by the disabled in today’s society.
Canine Assistants service dogs assist children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs in a variety of ways. Some of the tasks the dogs perform include turning lights on and off, opening and closing doors, pulling wheelchairs, retrieving dropped objects, summoning help and providing secure companionship. While all of these functions are vitally important in helping a person obtain greater freedom, perhaps the most impressive gift the dogs provide is social, rather than physical, in nature. The dogs eliminate feelings of fear, isolation and loneliness felt by their companions. One Canine Assistants recipient made the value of this gift quite clear when asked by a reporter what she liked most about her service dog. Immediately, she responded, “My dog makes my wheelchair disappear.”
Most Canine Assistants service dogs are born, raised and trained at the Milton, Georgia facility, while some are occasionally adopted from local organizations or breeders. The majority of the service dogs are retrievers, including both Golden Retrievers and Labradors.
Like service dogs, companion dogs also serve to assist children and adults with physical disabilities or other special needs. Companion dogs work primarily in a recipient’s home, assisting with tasks around the house and more importantly, contributing to the emotional well being of the person.
Seizure Response Dogs
In addition to service dogs and companion dogs, Canine Assistants also trains and provides seizure response dogs for certain recipients. As with some of the service dogs, these dogs are adopted from various organizations and selectively screened for personality, temperament and general health. Following general training, seizure response dogs are trained to perform one of the following behaviors, depending on the recipient’s need: remain next to the person during the course of a seizure, summon help in a controlled environment or retrieve a phone prior to the seizure when indicated by the recipient. Certain dogs may even develop the ability to predict and react in advance to an oncoming seizure once they are placed with their recipient.
Okay, are you done reading now? Then leave me a comment! Um, pretty please?