Blog Entries ( Service Dogs )

Therapeutic dog training program UNC PAWS launches

October 20th, 2014
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PITTSBORO —As other trainers worked to teach dogs commands for “sit” and “heel” in a backyard at a therapeutic farm in Pittsboro on Thursday, Heather Nash petted a playful, energetic beagle named Rosie. Rosie seemed to be resisting obedience training. She stopped to roll in the grass on the way to the yard and had made a play for a bag of treats that Nash was ...

Gluten-detecting dog a lifesaver for Michigan woman

October 13th, 2014
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Last Christmas Eve, Dawn Scheu set a bag of groceries on the floor of the kitchen in her Gregory home and got busy putting them away. Her dog immediately started pawing at the back of her legs. "Willow, quit," Scheu admonished the German shorthaired pointer. From the other room, her husband yelled: "Is she indicating?" Scheu froze. Is that what was going on? Was her service dog warning ...

9/11 Ground Zero search dog still lends a helping paw

September 22nd, 2014
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Some heroes boast muscle and brawn. Others possess steely nerves and impeccable timing. But this hero is a little different. This one has feathery fur, a sunny smile, a calm nature and — for a dog — an uncanny ability to zero in on the people who need her most. She’s a 15-year-old golden retriever named Bretagne, and she’s one of the last surviving search dogs ...

How Pico the Dog Changed Ryan Honick’s Life

September 11th, 2014
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Ryan Honick won’t hesitate to tell anyone who asks how wonderful life has become thanks to his service dog, Pico. “Everywhere I go, I go with my best friend,” he says. Before Pico, Ryan, who has cerebral palsy, had some difficulty getting around. “The things most people take for granted, like picking up something that has fallen, can be challenging at times,” he says. Ryan had a ...

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, ...