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Meet Gander a Celebrity Amongst Dogs

Robert Piper | Posted 09.17.2014 | 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 08.28.2014 | 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 08.06.2014 | 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.

Watch Duffy The Service Dog Do The Laundry Like A Pro

Posted 11.25.2013 | Good News

No, you're not crazy. And yes, you read that right. Dogs can now accomplish a feat that most college kids have trouble with: using a washing machin...

Life Is Full of Pawsibilities: Celebrating Dogs -- Young and Old

Heather Hummel | Posted 01.25.2014 | Good News
Heather Hummel

We have even been known to FaceTime so they can see their granddogs, much to the confusion of Julie and Stephan who look quizzically at the screen when they hear the high pitched voices calling their names.

Are Dogs The Key To Safer Schools?

AP | SUE MANNING | Posted 11.06.2013 | Politics

LOS ANGELES -- LOS ANGELES (AP) — While some say school safety hinges on guns, cameras or alarms in classrooms, Mark Gomer and Kristi Schiller think...

New Monument Will Honor These Guys

AP | Posted 12.21.2013 | Travel

SAN ANTONIO (AP) — The first national monument honoring the war dogs that have fought and died with U.S. troops while also bringing them comfort is ...

LOOK: This Great Dane Is One Sick Little Girl's Guardian Angel

Posted 10.14.2013 | Good News

Charlie the Great Dane is so much more than a pet to a family from County Clare in Ireland. The primary role he plays is that of bodyguard to thei...

Phony Service Dog Issue Getting Out Of Hand

AP | SUE MANNING | Posted 10.10.2013 | Impact

LOS ANGELES -- LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's an easy law to break, and dog cheats do. By strapping a vest or backpack that says "service animal" to their ...

Yes, People Are Pretending Their Pets Are Service Animals

AP | SUE MANNING | Posted 01.23.2014 | Green

LOS ANGELES (AP) — It's an easy law to break, and dog cheats do. By strapping a vest or backpack that says "service animal" to their pet, anyone can...

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Veteran Spared When Sheet Noose Ripped: 'I'm Glad It Didn't Work' | Molly O'Toole | Posted 09.30.2013 | Impact

On the last day Joey Smith walked, he confronted a few Afghan workers on his base in Afghanistan, confiscating a camera. When he turned his back, they...

Why This Student With Special Needs Is Being Forced To Switch Schools

AP | Posted 09.05.2013 | Parents

ATHENS, Ohio -- A first-grader in southeast Ohio who uses a service dog will transfer to a different school because her special-education teacher is e...

Diner Says 'Sorry' For Cursing, Kicking Out Vet Using Service Dog

AP | Posted 08.28.2013 | Impact

OXFORD, Mass. -- A diner-owner has apologized for throwing out a military veteran because he brought in his service dog. Russell Ireland, owner of Bi...

Diner Owner Apologizes For Accusing Veteran Of Having 'Fake Service Dog'

AP | Posted 10.28.2013 | Small Business

OXFORD, Mass. (AP) — A diner-owner has apologized for throwing out a military veteran because he brought in his service dog. Russell ...