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Healing and Hope Through Canine Compassion

Belinda Williams | Posted 01.15.2015 | 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 01.08.2015 | 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.

Compassionate Cop Saves Service Dog Belonging To Girl Who Has Cerebral Palsy

The Huffington Post | Alena Hall | Posted 10.14.2014 | Good News

The bond between this little girl with special needs and her service dog is incredibly special. Faith Cloud of Pierce County, Washington, has cereb...

The Suicides Need to Stop!

Justin Constantine | Posted 12.09.2014 | Healthy Living
Justin Constantine

The father had no idea that evening was the last time he would hold his son, and that would be their last conversation. He thought they had made real progress with the phone call and that his son was on the path to recovery. But unfortunately he was wrong.

Dear Autism Service Dog

Shanell Mouland | Posted 11.24.2014 | Parents
Shanell Mouland

Can you stand tall and proud as you lead your girl around the grocery store? Are you ready to drive beside her in the van as we make our way to countless therapies and appointments? Are you ready to meet your girl?

KLM's Adorable Lost And Found Service Makes Us Want To Leave Stuff On Planes

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 09.23.2014 | Green

KLM's new lost and found program is a lesson in perverse incentives. On one hand, owners who leave property behind risk losing it permanently. The...

Meet Gander a Celebrity Amongst Dogs

Robert Piper | Posted 11.16.2014 | Good News
Robert Piper

Gander is a celebrity; everywhere he goes he's photographed, on Facebook he has over 250,000 Facebook likes. Gander is a service dog, one of several in America that help improve the quality of life for thousands of people with disabilities.

Losing Man's Best Friend: A Tribute to My Service Dog

Alyssa Silva | Posted 10.28.2014 | Impact
Alyssa Silva

He was my best friend, the one being that gave me unconditional love at every hour of the day, expecting nothing in return, but, he was suffering too much to keep him going any longer. Today, I lost my beloved service dog, Fred.

These 21 Service Dogs Help Their Owners Live, Work, Play

The Huffington Post | Kimberly Yam | Posted 08.15.2014 | Good News

Whether it's helping to power a wheelchair, responding to seizures, providing balance or aiding with a host of other issues, assistance dogs not only ...

Service Dogs in the Workplace: How to Make It Work

Kate Kelly | Posted 10.06.2014 | Business
Kate Kelly

Employers often don't have the necessary information on how to deal with employees who require assistance dogs. In addition to needing to understand how to integrate the dog into a work setting, employers have concerns about how other employees will react.

America's 8 Most Heroic Dogs Will Fill Your Heart With Love

The Huffington Post | Arin Greenwood | Posted 07.15.2014 | Good News

You've heard the one about the politician walking a dog? An observer, upon seeing the pair, says, "If given the choice, I'd rather vote for the dog." ...

This Veteran's Story Shows the Healing Power of Having a Service Dog

Nick Bennett | Posted 08.27.2014 | Impact
Nick Bennett

Because of my PTSD, I couldn't leave the house without the constant fear that someone was going to kill me. I figured my life was over as I knew it. I was wrong.

Best Western Hotel Stripped Of Brand Name After Rejecting Boy Who Uses Service Dog

The Huffington Post | Eleanor Goldberg | Posted 06.20.2014 | Impact

A Louisiana Best Western hotel that rejected a family with a service dog may get permanently terminated from the brand it represents. Beau Vaughn h...

Denied Service Dog, Veteran Finds Life-Changing Companion At Local Shelter

Helaina Hovitz | Posted 07.23.2014 | Good News
Helaina Hovitz

As Nate, 29, walked through the kennels, Otis was the only dog not barking excitedly -- he was just leaning his face against the fence and hoping for some love. Nate took the American Bulldog for a walk in the parking lot, the pup instinctively trotted straight to his car, and it was love.

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...

WATCH: Service Animal Ad Will Make You Laugh, Cry, And Hug Your Dog

The Huffington Post | Ryan Grenoble | Posted 01.25.2014 | Impact

Guide dogs aren't only for people who have difficulty seeing, they're also for those "who have seen too much." That's the premise illustrated in a ...

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 ...

Training Dogs, Teenagers, and Myself

Sharron Kahn Luttrell | Posted 02.03.2014 | Parents
Sharron Kahn Luttrell

We've both grown up a lot in the past few years. She left for college and gained some perspective and maturity. I socialized service dogs-in-training and along the way, learned to be patient and in control of my emotions.

What 'Difficult' Dogs Can Teach Us

Dogster | Posted 01.25.2014 | Good News

I learned that when your dog does something completely outrageous, you may not be able to keep completely calm, but you have a lot of control over how you react. One thing I learned is to 'find the funny,' rather than get angry or frustrated.

Why a Dog Means So Much

Nigel Barber | Posted 01.25.2014 | Science
Nigel Barber

The close relationship between humans and dogs is something of an evolutionary mystery. Is the dog a slave, or a parasite? Have we adapted them to our purposes, or have they exploited us for free food and shelter? Either way, we are so close it can hurt.