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Service dog helps injured veteran find balance

July 23rd, 2014
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A Jefferson County veteran, who lost both his legs to a bomb blast in Iraq, has a new friend to lean on. Smoky Mountain Service Dogs spent two years training Bella, a golden retriever, to be a mobility assistance service dog. On Thursday they held a "Passing of the Leash" ceremony at Tellico Village Community Church in Loudon. Smoky Mountain Service Dogs matched Bella with Sgt. Bradley Walker, ...

Family dog leads cops to hiding break-in suspect

July 21st, 2014
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Like something out of a 1970s TV show, a persistent family dog led Niagara-area police to a hiding suspect police say broke into the family's home. The dog, a five-year-old German shepherd named Kaylee, led police to a wooded area at the rear of the home where their suspect was trying to hide. "Without the family dog, we wouldn't have found the guy — without a doubt," ...

Dog uses surfing skills as form of therapy for people

July 7th, 2014
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A dog with a bizarre love of surfing uses her skills as a form of therapy. Golden retriever Ricochet goes surfing with war veterans, children and the disabled to help cheer them up. She was originally turned down as a guide dog, as she kept chasing birds, so owner Judy Fridono tried to find another way she could help people. Judy took her to the beach near their ...

Rescue dog now helping others as therapy dog

June 25th, 2014
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WAUSAU, WIS. — She doesn't receive a paycheck, Social Security or vacation time, but Phoebe is a valued member of the therapy team at Compass Counseling Wausau. Phoebe's story is compelling, but she has to rely on others to tell it. Phoebe is a certified therapy dog at the outpatient mental health and alcohol and other drug abuse clinic. Her calm disposition helps her owner, counselor Andy ...

Therapy dogs keep patients happy and help aid recovery

June 24th, 2014
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Darla Reed and her dog, Galant, pay visits to dozens of patients at Rady Children's Hospital in San Diego, Calif. Reed and her dog are one of 33 canine volunteer teams for the program, which launched in 1990. Spencer Kerr is undergoing chemotherapy for leukemia. The 14-year-old says a visit from Galant is powerful medicine. "It's definitely the best part of the day is when a dog ...