Blog Entries ( Success Stories )

Campus Life: Drexel uses therapy dog at rec center

October 15th, 2014
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A therapy dog named “Jersey” has found a job across the river in Philadelphia. Drexel University has become the first in the country to host an on-site therapy dog in its recreation center year-round. Colleges are beginning to use therapy dogs to help students cope with stress, but few have dogs on campus full time. Studies show dogs can reduce blood pressure, lower anxiety and aid with ...

Therapy dog makes patients, staff smile

June 3rd, 2014
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Maya Belle and Ray Rauen have been turning heads at St. Mary Mercy Hospital, Livonia for nearly three years. “It shocks the heck out of some people when we walk by. They don’t notice me. They notice Maya — ‘oh, there is a dog.’ I’ll walk by (a patient room) slowly and listen. Sometimes they’ll say ‘Was that a dog?’ Or they’ll point and I’ll ask ...

Wheely adorable! The disabled dog recused from animal control who uses a pink WHEELCHAIR to go for walks

April 30th, 2014
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Abandoned by her owners at just two months old and born with two paralysed front legs, Daisy had a tough start to life life. The Brussels Griffon and Terrier cross was moments from death after being discovered by an animal control officer who scheduled for her to be euthanised after no owners came forward. However, at the last minute she was saved by A Home 4 Ever ...

Search dog makes unexpected rescue on a cold night

February 20th, 2014
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A search dog in training made what her handler described as an unexpected rescue this week, possibly averting an exposure-related injury near an Anchorage trail. Echo, a 3-year-old mixed-breed husky from Bethel, has spent the last two years training with the Backcountry Alaska Rescue K-9 team, or BARK-9. The team trains dogs for wilderness search and avalanche rescue. Her handler, Jayme Schroeder, 26, works the night shift ...

Dog Helps Teen Cancer Patient Achieve Surfing Dream

February 18th, 2014
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Caleb Acost has gone through more in his 15 years than most adults do in a lifetime. "I've gotten used to drinking my pills, drinking like 15 pills at night,” Caleb said. “But the only thing that it affects is my energy." The Florida teen has been diagnosed with Stage 4 brain cancer. He has undergone brain surgery, rounds of radiation and physical therapy. "No words can describe ...