Tag: service dog
The University of North Carolina baseball team has welcomed a new teammate this year — a 2-year-old golden retriever named Remington.
Remington isn’t there to be a mascot, though he has learned some mascot-like tricks, like holding his cap for the national anthem, taking balls to the ump, and high-fiving his teammates.
But his larger role is as Carolina’s first athletics training room assistance dog (and the first in the ACC).
UNC reports that the dog’s official title is “psychiatric medical alert facility rehabilitation service dog,” which sounds like a lot of responsibility.
But, cutting through the mumbo-jumbo, what Remington does is help players recover from injuries.
He works with Terri Jo Rucinski, coordinator of the physical therapy clinic and staff athletic trainer for the team.
Rucinski, who has worked with the team for 12 years, met Remington through paws4people, a Wilmington, N.C., nonprofit agency that places customized assistance dogs with clients at no cost.
He began his training when he was just 3-days-old. By 16 weeks, he was learning obedience and disabilities skills training. He also learned basic command sets, and knows more than 100 commands, including written commands from cue cards.
He joined the team last August after passing a series of certification tests.
Posted by John Woestendiek April 3rd, 2017 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: animals, assistance dogs, baseball, baseball team, chapel hill, clinic, coordinator, dog, dogs, golden retriever, injuries, mascot, paws4people, pets, physical therapy, players, rehabilitation, remington, retriever, service dog, service dogs, sports, students, tarheels, team, terri jo rucinski, trainer, unc, university of north carolina
A home improvement store says a disabled vet and his service dog were “the best person for the job.”
So now you can find them, in matching employee vests, helping customers at the Lowe’s in Abilene.
Clay Luthy says he has had Charlotte since she was a puppy.
“I was trying to figure out where I could go that would be a good fit and it wouldn’t mind having Charlotte, and my wife said I was at Lowe’s so much anyway, I might as well get a job there,” he told KIDY.
“We knew he was gonna make a great employee – we just got the benefit of getting Charlotte right along with him,” said Jay Fellers, Lowe’s human resources manager.
The duo has been getting some news coverage since Judy Dechert Rose, a customer at Lowe’s, posted the image online last week:
“This is a retired vet who struggled to get a job because he needs his service dog! Lowes hired them BOTH!!” she wrote.
Luthy, who served in the Air Force, said he was surprised when it went viral.
“By the time I looked at it, there was 1,000 comments on it. Oh my gosh, it was ridiculous,” he said.
It wasn’t the first Lowe’s to hire an employee AND his service dog.
Back in June, a Lowe’s in Saskatchewan was in the news for hiring Owen Lima and his dog Blue.
Posted by John Woestendiek December 7th, 2016 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: abilene, animals, blue, charlotte, clay luthy, disabilities, disability, disabled, dogs, employee, hired, hiring, home improvement, jobs, labrador, lowes, owen lima, pets, retriever, saskatchewan, service dog, store, vet, veteran, work, yellow lab
Retired Army Sergeant Luciano Yulfo was invited to a New York Knicks game Wednesday to receive a personalized Knicks jersey as part of the team’s Hoops for Troops program.
Before you make any “36 years in the army and all I got was this stupid shirt” jokes, though, keep watching the video above, because at the end Yulfo gets what he has been waiting 18 months for — a service dog to help him cope with injuries he received in Afghanistan in 2014.
During a break between quarters at Madison Square Garden Wednesday night, the Knicks honored the retired sergeant first class — the latest in a series of veterans to be recognized during games in the days leading up to Veterans Day.
Yulfo was injured on duty in Afghanistan in 2014, and was stationed at Walter Reed National Military Medical Center before retiring this past April.
He’d been on a service dog waiting list for 18 months.
The Knicks have honored several military members during games as part of their Hoops for Troops program. In addition to the on-court recognition, honorees get to attend a practice to meet players.
Paws of War trains and places rescued dogs to serve and provide independence to our United States military veterans who suffer the emotional effects of war.
Posted by John Woestendiek November 11th, 2016 under Muttsblog, videos.
Tags: afghanistan, animals, army, basketball, dogs, hoops for troops, injured, luciana yulfo, new york knicks, pets, presented, ptsd, retired, sergeant, service dog, veteran, veterans, vets, waiting list
Until then, outraged owners and an outraged community will try to work through their anger — much of which is being expressed on the Facebook page of the Playful Paws Pet Centre in Saskatoon.
“You better lawyer up,” one irate owner warned. “The fact you knew that overheating occurs and have no temperature monitoring, what the **** is wrong with you. You better get a lawyer because I will make it my personal mission to shut your negligent business down. Absolutely unforgivable my dog dies under your watch. By Christ I will never forgive you.”
The kennel’s post about the deaths has drawn close to 600 comments — some from families of the victims, nearly all expressing outrage.
Despite having knowledge of a faulty heater, the kennel — which boasts of providing 24-hour supervision — left the dogs unattended in an upstairs kennel room overnight Friday.
Though a mild evening, the heater pumped hot air into the room all night and the dogs all died of suspected heat-related causes.
In a statement on its Facebook page, Playful Paws said “staff and management … are devastated to acknowledge the loss of life of 14 dogs on early Saturday morning. We are incredibly saddened by this travesty of life and cannot express enough our sympathy to the families of these dogs…
“A mechanical failure on one of our roof top heating units caused it to continuously push heat into one of our upstairs kennel rooms, to the point that the dogs being kept there passed away.
“We love our dogs and each of our team is trying to personally cope with this terrible loss. Having said that we understand that our pain is small compared to the loss that is being experienced by our dog’s owners. Our sincerest of sympathy goes out to all of these individuals and the family and friends who loved these dogs.”
A former employee of the kennel said management was well aware of ventilation problems and other health issues.
“A proper kennel exchanges its air four to six times an hour. They did not have any type of fresh air exchange for the entire building,” dog trainer Fred Glawischnighe told CBC.
Among the 14 dogs being cared for at the kennel was an autism service dog named Ardie who belonging to 6-year-old Easton Irwin, who waited three years to get him.
Kelsey Friesen said she was informed on Saturday that her four-year-old daughter’s dog, a catahoula mix named Kali, was one of the 14 dogs that perished.
“It’s her best friend and now we have to tell her that her dog is not coming home,” she told CBC News.
Acadia McKague’s Funeral Centre will be holding a public memorial for the families Saturday.
(Photos provided by families)
Posted by John Woestendiek September 14th, 2016 under Muttsblog.
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A diabetic alert dog named, of all things, Taffy is pictured in the new Northern Guilford High School yearbook, appearing right next to the human he serves.
Taffy and Harry Hulse, a sophomore, started the school year together — Harry’s first with a diabetic alert dog at his side.
The dog is able to detect spikes and drops in Harry’s blood sugar and notifies him by pawing him.
Before Taffy, the 15-year-old North Carolina boy had to check his blood sugar up to 15 times a day.
“My blood sugar is very unstable,” said Harry, who uses an insulin pump to help regulate his levels. “He’ll alert me when that happens by pawing me on my leg or scratching me.”
Harry was diagnosed with type 1 diabetes in 2010 and has hypoglycemia unawareness. When his blood sugar is low he doesn’t receive the typical warning symptoms, such as sweatiness or shakiness. He received the dog last August through Diabetic Alert Dogs of America in Las Vegas.
While fellow students were surprised to see the dog following Harry at first, they’ve grown used to the sight.
“People really don’t even know he’s there. He’s really quiet,” said Harry told Fox 8 News.
Taffy remains on duty while Harry sleeps at night.
“When I’m sleeping, I obviously don’t know what’s going on and my mom and dad aren’t aware either,” he explained the teenager. “My blood sugar is supposed to be between 110 and 150 and once it dropped to 43 while I was asleep.”
Taffy woke him up by pawing him.
” … They said, ‘We’re taking a picture of your dog, too.’
“He looked really cool,” Harry said of the dog. “He looked better than me.”
Posted by John Woestendiek May 27th, 2016 under Muttsblog.
Tags: alert, animals, blood sugar, diabetes, diabetic, diabetic alert, dog, dogs, glucose, greensboro, harry hulse, monitoring, north carolina, northern guilford high school, paw, pets, service, service dog, taffy
An autistic boy has gotten his service dog back — and, with her, a little bit of himself, according to his mother.
“I’ve already seen him coming out and expressing himself again and being verbal,” Michele Carlisle said after her son Zach reunited with Delilah, the service dog that was lost, placed in a shelter and adopted out to another home.
“He started talking and he was talking to her the whole way home, and I was like, ‘Oh my God! He’s back. Zach’s back!'”
The Humane Society of Tampa Bay announced Friday on its Facebook page that Zach and Delilah had been reunited after eight months apart.
Last August, shortly after the Carlisle family moved from Alabama to Brandon, Florida, Delilah — Zach’s service dog for six years — ran off.
She was found without identification and taken to the humane society’s shelter, where, four days later, another family adopted her.
Michele Carlisle — though she’d been checking shelters in the weeks after Delilah disappeared — learned later that a photo of the dog had appeared on the humane society’s website months earlier.
When the humane society learned it had accidentally adopted out a service dog, it contacted Delilah’s new family, but the family declined to return her, saying she had bonded with her new family in the months they’d been together.
But WTSP reported that after seeing news reports on the boy’s difficulty coping without Delilah, they changed their mind and decided Delilah should be with him.
Zach has autism and suffers from seizures. Delilah serves as his therapy dog, alerting the family to upcoming seizures, comforting Zach and helping him overcome his social anxiety and tendency not to speak.
When the two were reunited at the humane society, Zach, 8, was talking plenty: “Is it her?” he whispered to his mother. “It is! Oh, my God… Best day ever.”
Delilah, newly equipped with a microchip, sniffed Zach, jumped up on him and licked his face.
According to his mother, Zach doesn’t often speak to people around him, but freely shares his feeling with Delilah.
Michele Carlisle thanked the family for returning her.
” … I really do appreciate them doing the right thing and coming forward and bringing her back, so that we could be reunited because that was huge,” she said.
“They never wanted to take a dog from a family that needed it,” said Dr. Nicole Cornett, the veterinarian for the Humane Society of Tampa Bay. “They just felt that with everything that happened that it would be in the dog’s best interest and in Zach’s best interest to give them back.”
You can see a video of the reunion here.
Posted by John Woestendiek April 4th, 2016 under Muttsblog.
Tags: adopt, adoption, animals, autism, delilah, dog, dogs, florida, humane society, humane society of tampa bay, michele carlisle, pets, returned, reunion, seizures, service dog, shelters, therapy dog, zach, zack
The dog, named Hank, was photographed by a fellow passenger, tweeted, and widely retweeted.
“It was huge. I have never in my life seen a dog that fat – it was massive,” said Madeleine Sweet, who took the photo.
The passenger said it appeared that Whitman had bought two first class tickets on the LA flight – one for her and one for Hank.
“Everyone, both while boarding the plane and on the plane before takeoff, was speculating as to how the dog got so fat,” she said. “You could legitimately hear hushed whispers of ‘He’s riding first class.'”
Hank sat in the front row of first class on the flight bound for Denver.
Hank belongs to Kari Whitman, an interior designer who founded Ace of Hearts Dog Rescue in Beverly Hills. He is a service dog who detects her seizures., according to NBC in Los Angeles.
As for Hank’s weight issues, they are the result of an illness, and have left him unable to get around much without the aid of a cart.
It appears that this wasn’t Hank’s first flight, or his first first class one, judging from an Instagram for @hankthetank.
Fellow travelers say Hank sat on the floor and that he stayed quiet for the entire flight.
More than probably can be said for some passengers.
(Photo: Madeleine Sweet, via Twitter)
Posted by John Woestendiek October 29th, 2015 under Muttsblog.
Tags: 165 pounds, airlines, airport, american airlines, animals, detecting, dog, dogs, fat, first class, flight, hank, hank the tank, lax, los angeles, mastiff, overweight, pets, seizure, service dog, travel