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Life Is Great at 90

Irwin Stovroff | Posted 10.10.2012 | Impact
Irwin Stovroff

At 90, you'd think that I might be looking back -- thinking about my own days as a veteran after being freed from a Nazi POW camp, growing my career and raising my family, and of the honors I've received. And of course, all this does mean a lot to me. But the truth is I'm looking forward.

Disabled Veteran: United Airlines Staff Kicked Service Dog, Asked If He Was 'Retarded'

The Huffington Post | Laura Hibbard | Posted 07.23.2012 | Impact

Jim Stanek, a disabled veteran and Paws and Stripes cofounder, claims United Airlines staff physically abused his service dog, Sarge, and verbally abu...

David Lohr

Wanted: Name For Adorable 8-Week-Old Service Dog

HuffingtonPost.com | David Lohr | Posted 07.18.2012 | Good News

Here is an event dog lovers can sink their teeth into. The Collier County Sheriff's Office in Naples, Fla., is holding a name-the-dog contest. The ...

Inmates To Care For, Train Puppies As Service Dogs For Wounded Vets

AP | Posted 07.02.2012 | DC

HAGERSTOWN, Md. -- Maryland's prison agency is teaming up with a guide-dog group to have jailed veterans train service dogs for wounded and disabled m...

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.

Making Our Veterans Proud of Us

Irwin Stovroff | Posted 08.21.2012 | Impact
Irwin Stovroff

We want to see hundreds more dogs properly trained to treat the veterans still returning from the Middle East. We want each and every single one of our troops to have a shot at living a happy and fulfilling life back home.

On This Memorial Day, a Big Thank You to Our Service Dogs

Irwin Stovroff | Posted 07.27.2012 | Impact
Irwin Stovroff

This Memorial Day, we pay tribute to those who have fought, and fallen, for their country. We also pay tribute to those still fighting. For a lucky few, their lives will be changed by the constant companion, friend, and therapist that a service dog is for a veteran returning from war.

The Right Ruff! -- What Makes an Elite Service Dog

Irwin Stovroff | Posted 07.10.2012 | Impact
Irwin Stovroff

Having seen the profound impact these dogs make on the lives of men and women who have sacrificed so much for their country, I can tell you that it's all worth it -- and then some. And, by the way, the dogs love it too.

State Sues Condo Association Over Therapy Pet Ban

Posted 04.11.2012 | Chicago

A condominium association in Chicago's Lakeview neighborhood is being sued by the state after it told a 67-year-old tenant that he could not keep his ...

Man's Best Friend Should Not Be a Pill

Irwin Stovroff | Posted 05.27.2012 | Impact
Irwin Stovroff

No doubt, painkillers are often an absolute necessity to veterans suffering from excruciating and debilitating pain. But even in these cases, we need to go further in offering substantive, long-term treatments that will help veterans return to their lives and fulfill their dreams.

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 ...

Giving Our Troops Their Lives Back, One Dog at a Time

Irwin Stovroff | Posted 05.14.2012 | Impact
Irwin Stovroff

Our returning soldiers have sacrificed a lot for their country. As they return home, they need our appreciation and profound respect. This begins with getting better, and for so many, that begins with a dog.

Man Jailed Over Service Dog

AP | Posted 02.14.2012 | Denver

By Associated Press GOLDEN, Colo. -- A suburban Denver couple is fighting fines after the husband was jailed for failure to get a license for his d...

Iowa Town Pit Bull Ban Leaves Retired Cop Without Service Dog

Posted 12.27.2011 | Green

From Mother Nature Network's John Platt: Retired and disabled police officer Jim Sak knows that the law often looks at issues in terms of black and...

The Government Asked for Pets for Defense in the 1940s

Kate Kelly | Posted 10.03.2011 | Home
Kate Kelly

What if the U.S. government wanted your dog to enlist in the military? That's exactly the request that went out in 1942 shortly after Pearl Harbor.

WATCH: Dog Bless You Gives Service Dogs to Veterans With PTSD

The Huffington Post | Eliza Fisher | Posted 08.24.2011 | Los Angeles

Any dog owner is well acquainted with the comfort that our canine friends provide on a daily basis. Different organizations have realized the healing ...

Help Give Veterans With PTSD Companion Dogs With 1 Click

Posted 07.29.2011 | Impact

For veterans struggling to overcome PTSD, trained canine companions can help them manage stress and better adjust to civilian life. Now, there's an ea...

WATCH: School REFUSES To Let 12-Year-Old With Epilepsy Bring Service Dog To Class

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

For 12-year-old Andrew Stevens, his new dog, Alliya, isn't just a pet. The German Shepard is a trained service dog that can help the epileptic boy nav...

Adorable: Service Pups Matched With The Disabled Through Grassroots Nonprofit

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

For 20 years, Canine Assistants has been matching highly trained service dogs with people who need an extra hand -- or paw -- to get daily tasks done....

How Assistance Dogs Can Enrich Lives (PHOTOS)

Terry Gardner | Posted 11.17.2011 | Healthy Living
Terry Gardner

Watching another child with an assistance dog motivated Teresa and her 14-year-old daughter, Sydney, to apply to for a companion dog.

How Janet Napolitano Can Improve Homeland Security and Reduce Animal Homelessness

Ingrid Newkirk | Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact
Ingrid Newkirk

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security can help improve homeland security, save taxpayer money and create an enormous amount of public goodwill by adopting homeless dogs.

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...

When Man's Best Friend is the Best Medicine

Wayne Pacelle | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Wayne Pacelle

I often think about the hardship and trauma that America's soldiers experience in serving our country, whether in Iraq, Afghanistan, or in some other ...

Paul Gernert, Iraq War Veteran, Gets Help With Service Dog

Posted 05.25.2011 | Impact

Iraq war veterans with PTSD can face a number of mental and emotional obstacles when attempting to resume a normal life on the home front. One veter...

Helping Vets, Pets, and Primates

Michael Markarian | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Michael Markarian

Congress took two steps in recent days on animal issues, as part of its larger bills related to the Department of Defense and military spending.