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Service Dogs

Watch This Service Dog Totally Fangirl Over Meeting Pluto

The Dodo | Chloe Angyal | Posted 02.10.2016 | Green

It can be pretty exciting when we finally get to meet those we look up to, and one dog got to experience exactly that during a family trip to a Disney...

An Education in Service Dogs

Joanna Charnas | Posted 01.12.2016 | 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.

Rescue Pit Bulls Act As 'Surrogate Moms' To 3 Newly Blind Cats

The Huffington Post | Elyse Wanshel | Posted 01.07.2016 | Good News

True friendship knows no species. Just ask this trio of blind cats and their new pit bull besties. A 7-year-old cat named Helen and 10-week-old sibli...

How Dogs Transform The Lives Of People With HIV

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 12.01.2015 | Healthy Living

In 2010, Dr. Robert Garofalo, an adolescent medicine specialist who has dedicated his career to treating HIV-positive kids, found out he was HIV-posit...

Bringing Military Service Dogs Home

Lois Pope | Posted 12.01.2015 | Impact
Lois Pope

Dogs saved countless thousands of American soldiers' lives. But, unlike their human soldiers who returned home after their tours of service, these courageous canines were left in country because there was no official protocol or the means to bring them back to the US. That is, until this past week

Service Dog Helps 11-Year-Old Girl With Rare Disorder Walk

TODAY.com | Adam Goldberg | Posted 11.11.2015 | Green

When Bella met George, something wonderful happened. Not long ago, the 11-year-old with a rare disorder was clinging to crutches, but now she's walkin...

A Service Dog is a 'Wish' Come True

Alyssa Silva | Posted 10.23.2015 | Good News
Alyssa Silva

Service dogs quickly become an extension of ourselves, and I felt that instant connection when we first met. As I took a breath of relief, I remember Jennifer looked at me and said, "I promise you're going to love her. Her name is Wish, and she's an absolute sweetheart."

Service Dog That Survived Oregon Shooting Grieves Its Owner

The Dodo | Chloe Angyal | Posted 10.12.2015 | Green

The recent devastating school shooting in Oregon killed nine students and left their loves ones grieving — including one devoted dog who surviv...

No Service Dogs Allowed

Janice Celeste | Posted 08.31.2015 | Impact
Janice Celeste

September is National Service Dog Month and these animals and their handlers are truly partners that have a unique bond. According to ServiceDogCentral.org, it is estimated that there are approximately 100,000 to 200,000 service dogs in the U.S. and this number seems to be growing.

What's the Harm in Faking a Service Dog?

Lara Lillibridge | Posted 08.13.2015 | Impact
Lara Lillibridge

Photo courtesy of Dale McDonald Photographer LLC I have a friend who lost a leg ten years ago. No one has ever said how lucky he is to have ...

3 Life Lessons We Could All Learn From Eddie the Terrible's Adoption Transformation

Finnegan Dowling | Posted 08.12.2015 | Green
Finnegan Dowling

Eddie the Terrible was a small dog like many other beloved, quirky, owned pets. But in the context of a shelter? It is with great joy that we inform you that Eddie The Terrible really has undergone a total identity change to become Teddy The Beloved.

Trial and Triumph, a Service Dog Fights for His Life... and Wins

Belinda Williams | Posted 07.08.2015 | Impact
Belinda Williams

Galen is now 7-months-old. His training as a service dog has, for the most part, gone smoothly. There have been a few training hiccups, but all have been minor. For instance, I began using a halter on Galen, for he is now 75 lbs and very strong.

Veteran With PTSD: My Service Dog Saved My Life

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 06.28.2015 | Healthy Living

Morgan Watt is a former Air Force working dog handler who specialized in explosive detection. Though he's been out of the military for almost 20 years...

An Autism Service Dog Answers Your Questions, Part Two

Shanell Mouland | Posted 06.10.2015 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

I know with my soft fur and ears like velvet, it can be excruciating to look and not touch. I hope you can be strong, because along with this handsome physique of mine, I have a set of skills that set me apart from other dogs.

A Beautiful Reunion, and Progress with a Service Dog in Training

Belinda Williams | Posted 06.21.2015 | Impact
Belinda Williams

Anxiety issues are a huge part of PTSD. Most people think of flashbacks and behavior and mood volatility when they hear the letters "PTSD", but anxiety can be the most overwhelming part, especially when the triggers don't make sense.

German Shepherd Helps Load The Dishwasher, Proves He Is A True Gentleman

The Huffington Post | Kate Bratskeir | Posted 04.02.2015 | HuffPost Home

It's always nice when someone offers to help do the dishes after a delicious, perhaps messy, meal. It's exceptionally nice when that someone is your d...

How An Autism Dog Loves and Heals

Eileen Flood O'Connor | Posted 06.02.2015 | Parents
Eileen Flood O'Connor

Pablo has plowed through many a social barrier not only for Erin, but for her brothers as well. When approached by this gentle giant sporting his bright blue service dog vest, people naturally let down their guard. Pablo puts people at ease and allows Erin to interact and communicate.

A Good-bye to Galen

Belinda Williams | Posted 05.06.2015 | Impact
Belinda Williams

I think perhaps I'll miss Galen more than he misses me. He won't forget me, though, and I know our reunion in a week or two will be overjoyed.

Healing and Hope Through Canine Compassion

Belinda Williams | Posted 03.15.2015 | Impact
Belinda Williams

On the very day we as a country celebrate a man who fought for ethnic equality, I will be one step closer to reclaiming my own freedom. On Martin Luther King Jr. day, I will be bringing home a Shiloh Shepherd puppy.

Tweak the Americans With Disabilities Act Again

Cecile McKee | Posted 03.10.2015 | Impact
Cecile McKee

America is confused about assistance animals. Part of the problem is cheaters. Another part is the ADA. Strengthening the ADA without diluting its attention to a disabled person's privacy would be possible if service animals were certified and registered.

7-Year-Old Girl With Autism Turned Away By Mall Santa Because Of Her Service Dog

The Huffington Post | Leigh Weingus | Posted 12.04.2014 | Parents

Clarification: A stock photograph used previously to illustrate this story depicted a Santa Claus who was in no way associated with this incident. We ...

Santa and Elf Fired After Refusing Photo With Autistic Girl and Pitbull

Rescue Idiot | Posted 02.02.2015 | Impact
Rescue Idiot

A shopping center in Orange County, California, fired Santa and elf after refusing to let an autistic girl and her service dog pitbull visit them. ...

Military Dogs Offered Well-Deserved Free Medical Care After Serving Our Country

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 11.12.2014 | Good News

After the nation honored the members of our military on Tuesday, it's the perfect time to also remember our friends on four legs that have been a valu...

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...

Grooming Great Employees: What a Service Dog Can Teach Us About Developing Talent

Kevin Meany | Posted 12.29.2014 | Business
Kevin Meany

There are at least a dozen dogs in my advertising agency on any day of the week. They run down halls, chase balls, gnaw on toys, snooze during meetings, and are eager for quick walks when their human companions need a work break.