Logan is a 7-year old child who has been diagnosed with Childhood Interstitial Lung Disease, or chILD for short. It is an umbrella term for over 50 different lung disorders to which the young boy is susceptible to pneumonia, cold, and flu. At home, he must breathe through a 50-foot cord attached to a machine but he must carry a portable, yet still heavy, machine when going outside.
Thanks to Vernon, a chocolate Labrador and a service dog, and SOLACE, an organization to seek out donations for families who are involved in a crisis, the boy is now able to go outside without having to lug a heavy machine on his back. The dog carries the child’s oxygen tank when they go outdoors.
Currently, the service dog is still in the middle of its training and the family hopes to be reunited with the Labrador this January.
Source: A Helping Paw
Don Leonardo, a Canadian war veteran and suffering from PTSD, travelled to Okotoks on Saturday to meet his service dog named Diesel. The dog was being trained at Citadel Canine Society by trainer Donna Luchak. The miniature husky was rescued to become a service dog to aid veterans who suffer from the traumatic experiences of war.
The dog was rescued from High River for the purpose of rescuing people like Don Leonardo. Upon meeting with the dog, the war veteran immediately saw a connection. The man is now hopeful to resume his normal life as he can now get out of the house, be active, and sleep soundly at night without having panic attacks.
For the veteran, he knows that he and his service dog will be the perfect team.
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5-year old Luc Gautreaux was already diagnosed with type-1 diabetes even at this early age. But thanks to a 4-and-a-half month old black Labrador named Shadow, the child and his family can have complete peace of mind. The boy and the dog instantly hit it off upon seeing each other for the first time.
The young black Labrador is a trained diabetic alert dog to notify the child, or his parents, when there is an irregularity in the boy’s blood sugar levels. The child’s normal blood sugar levels can generally be in between 75 and 220, but it can spike to 312 when he gets excited. His alert dog will then put out a helping paw to the child, or his parents, upon sensing the irregularity.
Source: Diabetes-alert dog a life-saver for boy
A 4-month-old yellow Labrador Retriever named Murphy stepped into the life of Florissant resident Terri Burke for the first time. The 40-year old woman battles type-1 diabetes for 30 years. The arrival of the diabetic service dog gives her peace of mind and security.
After 20 years of having diabetes, the woman’s body stopped showing signs of the illness. However, the illness still lingered as her blood sugar will still plummet frequently. The dog alerts her owner when her blood sugar goes out of range up to 45 minutes before it even happens. Murphy will paw her owner and is now being taught to get her juice or a glucose meter.
The arrival of the service dog into her life to get better from now on and can be considered a blessing.
Source: Meet Murphy, the dog who can sniff out diabetic alerts
Patients residing within Ames Family Hospice House now have Maggie to help take care of them. The 6-year-old Golden Retriever is their new therapy dog which can be seen roaming their halls along with the dog’s owner, Shelley Marzola.
The nurse explains that there is much value in bringing her dog inside the hospital to visit patients. She got the golden retriever from Golden Treasures, which is a golden retriever rescue group. The two had to undergo six months of training before the dog was certified as a hospice therapy dog.
The dog is always willing to lend a helping paw for people that are having a hard time within the hospital.
Source: Ames Family Hospice House residents find happiness through dogs
Service dogs are being rescued from being euthanized, raised, and trained by the Williston-based non-profit organization called Guardian Angels Medical Service Dogs. Carol Borden, executive director and founder of GAMSD, states that they train dogs for both visible and invisible disabilities. Some of the disabilities that their service dogs cater to are hearing, seizure alerts, insulin alert, and PTSD.
To increase the awareness of these dogs, GAMSD holds a special ceremony to dedicate its donors, sponsors, and volunteers. The ceremony, called Passing of the Leash, recognizes certain people who make the organization keep financially stable to help pair the dogs with less fortunate people.
The mission of the organization is to raise awareness to the public on what a medical service dog can do and, of course, help alleviate the ailments with people with certain disabilities.
Source: Special dogs help with ‘visible and invisible disabilities’
Specially trained service dogs from the new Monterey Peninsula chapter of Pawsitive Service Dog Solutions will show how dogs like them can help families with autistic children. Bosco, a Labrador puppy trained in the organization, will help spread the word about autism to Monterey Country schoolchildren starting next week.
These service dogs, like the specially trained Labrador puppy, can help relieve stress that comes with raising children with autism. The dogs are taught specific commands and behaviour to provide families with an added sense of security.
One of the key characteristics of these service dogs is to find autistic children who wander off or become lost. Currently, the waiting list to get a service dog like Bosco is around one year but the organization is hoping to lessen that to nine months.
Source: Monterey Peninsula service dogs help families affected by autism
Naomi Woods, a 50-year old woman from Fargo, has episodes of having bipolar disorder which terrify her husband, her best friend, and her son. The disorder came from past traumatic experiences. Her episodes give her random personalities like waking her son up 5:30 in the morning to go to Disneyland on a school day.
An important role came from a rescue dog from San Diego to help her manage the disorder. The Black Lab/Boxer mix named Fargo senses whenever a chemical change occurs in its owner’s brain. When it detects the change, the dog will immediately sit next to the woman and lean into her.
The dog has been working with the woman for the past two years.
Source: Rescue dog helps Fargo woman manage challenges of bipolar disorder
Robin Mills is granted with newfound independence with Spirit, a hearing assistance dog. The dog is from Bielby-based Hearing Dogs for Deaf People and has been trained with help from First TransPennine Express which gives free railway passes to dogs and their handlers.
The organization teaches hearing dogs to alert deaf people to important sounds and signals to help their owners navigate freely in public places. Getting the dogs used to public railway systems is a critical part of their training.
The deaf man is happy to have his dog by his side as people can immediately tell about his condition. It also means he can go out in public with renewed confidence.
Source: York man’s new-found independence thanks to hearing dog
Casey, a service dog, is helping Manlius resident Emily Jones in managing her Tourette syndrome. The two have been together ever since Emily got the dog from a company called Healing Allies last June.
The service dog applies deep pressure therapy whenever Emily is having one of her attacks. It will rest or lean on the girl to help her calm her down. When the girl is relaxed, the tics from the syndrome lessen and eventually stop.
Ever since Emily has Casey by her side, she has found it easier to manage situations in school and public places, as well as giving her mom, Monica, peace of mind.
Source: Service dog helping Manlius teen manage Tourette Syndrome