If you have ever spoken with a person who uses an assistance dog, you know that these dogs change lives. Whether it's a PTSD dog helping a military person return to "regular life," or a service dog providing aid to a person lacking mobility, these dogs are capable of miracles.
According to PETA, cosmetics brands Benefit, Bliss, Caudalie, Clarins, Clinique, Dior, Estée Lauder and Gucci all sell their products in China, where the law requires pre-market animal testing for all imported cosmetics.
Two years ago she met her husband Frank through Canine Companions. Frank is also in a wheelchair and has a service dog named Drew. "Having a husband who understands what life is like in a wheelchair is a real gift. Our amazing service dogs complete our happy foursome family," she said.
Behind every one of these great dogs is a puppy raiser, someone who takes the dog into his home at eight weeks of age and gives it up at 18 months to a child or adult with a disability, whose life will be changed for the better.
Nothing drives me crazier than people with phony service dogs. I can't count the times I have been at a well-attended event to find a cute Pekinese decked out in a tiny service dog vest. This "service dog" spends most of the evening barking and nipping at heels when he is placed on the floor.
This year's honorees represent four different types of facility placements. Working in the legal system, in a rehabilitation setting, in special needs schools as well as working with wounded veterans. What these dogs do is remarkable.
Captain James Van Thach was wounded twice in the line of duty in Iraq. Vincent Ficarrotta was born with a condition that results in stiff joints and abnormally developed muscles. Jeff Brosi is paralyzed from the waist down. These men each received a dog from Canine Companions for Independence.