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Blind Man Says Popeyes Refused Him Service Because Of Guide Dog

The Huffington Post | David Moye | Posted 11.18.2016 | Crime

A man is filing a formal complaint against a Popeyes restaurant in Brooklyn, New York, for refusing to serve him because of his guide dog, Yolette. Wi...

Supporting Veterans Shouldn't Only Happen During Holidays

Craig Newmark | Posted 08.18.2016 | Impact
Craig Newmark

Folks, I do some work to support orgs helping out service members, veterans, and their families. I figure it's the least I can do to give back. We rec...

An Education in Service Dogs

Joanna Charnas | Posted 01.12.2017 | Healthy Living
Joanna Charnas

My colleagues were right -- often dogs that appear to be service or emotional-support animals obtained certification through accessible but illegal means, and they didn't deserve the rights and benefits allowed to legitimate service animals. In the future, I'll continue to love all the dogs I encounter at work, but I'll no longer assume the ones sporting vests deserve to wear them.

Man Allegedly Punches Disabled Veteran Over A Service Dog

The Huffington Post | Nina Golgowski | Posted 01.07.2016 | Crime

A man who punched a disabled Army veteran in the face at a Dunkin' Donuts Monday -- allegedly because the veteran wouldn't let the man's daughter pet ...

Have You Caused Me Grief?

Eric Lipp | Posted 11.24.2016 | World
Eric Lipp

We all want our lives to be easier. Unfortunately, when we act in ways that attempt to save time or money, we often fail to recognize the effect that our choices have on others. This is especially true in the area of accessibility which often falls prey to our fast paced lifestyles.

This Dog Is A Service Animal. He Is Also A Pit Bull.

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 08.28.2015 | Healthy Living

Matthew Smith has used a wheelchair for 20 years, ever since he suffered severe injuries in a motorcycle accident when he was 22 years old. Life drast...

The Power Of Pets For Veterans With PTSD

HuffPost Live | Kira Brekke | Posted 11.12.2014 | HuffPost Live 321

As we dedicate Veteran's Day to paying homage to the thousands of brave men and women who protect our country, we also recognize those organizations t...

Navy Veteran Fined $500 For Owning A Pig As A Service Animal

HuffPost Live | Ryan Buxton | Posted 10.14.2014 | Impact

A Navy veteran is being fined $500 by New York City for keeping the service animal she says keeps her emotionally healthy. When Nadine Darsanlal re...

Grieving Family Adopts Fallen Marine's Military Dog

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 06.09.2014 | Good News

Just because he was trained to sniff out bombs in war zones doesn't make this military dog any less of a companion. The Diaz family adopted "Dino,"...

Actor Ken Wahl's Second Calling: Animals for Disabled Vets

Joan K. Smith | Posted 07.27.2014 | Impact
Joan K. Smith

Ken Wahl says that his current activism is the most rewarding thing he's ever done, far beyond his acting career or Hollywood stardom. And he's not giving up soon.

Air Travel Just Got A Little Bit Better For These Service Dogs And Their Owners

The Huffington Post | Kate Abbey-Lambertz | Posted 04.22.2014 | Travel

The new small grass patches at Detroit's airport might seem odd to some travelers, but they're going to make a big difference for some fliers and thei...

Surfing Dog Grants Wish For Teen With Brain Cancer

The Huffington Post | Carla Herreria | Posted 02.22.2014 | Good News

A Florida teen with terminal brain cancer recently had one of his dreams come true, thanks to a surfing dog named Ricochet. Last July, when 15-year...

One Thing Stressed-Out Holiday Travelers Can Look Forward To At Airports

Lydia O'Connor | Posted 01.23.2014 | Travel

Canine lovers, you might want to arrange your next travel layover for San Francisco. Starting this month, the city’s airport is introducing a squad ...

Dogs on the Playing Field

Stephen Kuusisto | Posted 02.03.2014 | Impact
Stephen Kuusisto

Some argue these problems could be prevented by requiring service dog users to carry identification cards. But there's a good reason we're not compelled to do this -- my disability is my business and not yours.

Starting a Conversation About Service Dogs in the Workplace

Kate Kelly | Posted 08.07.2013 | Business
Kate Kelly

The person with the service dog came in to attend the meeting, and the manager said there was a palpable change in the room's atmosphere. "As soon as the dog and its partner arrived, it was as if people took a deep breath and calmed down. The discussion took on a new tenor."

A Rescued Dog Gives Back

Carole Raphaelle Davis | Posted 05.21.2013 | Green
Carole Raphaelle Davis

Lamby doesn't understand psychiatry, but he understands how to treat psychiatric symptoms. He might not look like a service dog; even when wearing his bright blue working dog vest, he looks more like a circus performer. But his skills are undeniable.

New State Law Approves Miniature Horses As Service Animals

Posted 08.16.2012 | Chicago

Don't be surprised if you look up and see a mini horse inside a school, store, restaurant or other public place in the weeks ahead: According to a new...

10 Life Lessons From 2 Powerful Pooches

Domenick Scudera | Posted 08.28.2012 | Healthy Living
Domenick Scudera

Two special guys are in my life: my dogs, Festus and Cyrus. Festus is a three-legged pit bull/Rottweiler. Cyrus is a tiny terrier born without front legs. These dogs are my greatest teachers. Here are some of the simple lessons that I have learned from them.

5 Lesser-Known Facts About Service Dogs

Posted 03.22.2012 | Green

From Mother Nature Network's Morieka Johnson: Service dogs accomplish pretty amazing feats on a daily basis. Bethe Bennett’s miniature schnauzer ...

WATCH: Search And Rescuers Aided By 'Dogcam'

Posted 01.08.2012 | Green

Looking at things from a dog's perspective may not be the first idea for those charged with an important task, but one company in the U.K. is helping ...

Rats & Land Mines: Colombia Teaches Rodents To Sniff Out Explosives

The Los Angeles Times | Posted 05.25.2011 | Green

Early next year, anti-narcotics police will begin deploying squads of rats to sniff out land mines in remote areas of Colombia where leftist rebels an...

Lawsuit: Denver Pit-Bull Ban Violates Americans With Disabilities Act, Unfairly Impacts Service Dogs

Face the State | Jared Jacang Maher | Posted 05.25.2011 | Denver

Both Denver and Aurora have laws banning pit bulls. The breed, they say, is so dangerous to the public that any dog displaying more than 50 percent of...

Franken's First Bill: Service Dogs For Vets

Huffington Post | Susan Crile | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

Freshman Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) announced his first legislative initiative on Monday -- a bill to provide service dogs to wounded veterans. Franke...