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When Dogs are Heroes

by Chrissy Chesney

Any dog lover knows that we are blessed by having these special animals in our lives, but there are some dogs who have a higher purpose than just making a difference in one family’s life. Pirelli is a golden retriever who makes a big difference in lots of people’s lives, despite being born with only three paws.

When Pirelli was in his mother’s womb, the umbilical cord wrapped around one of his back paws, cutting off the blood supply and causing him to be born with only three paws. He was bred to be a service dog, helping people with disabilities with physical aspects of their lives, but because of his own disability, this was not to be Pirelli’s fate – instead, his owners at Canine Assistants recognized that this beautiful puppy was going to be able to help in a different way, as a “spokesdog” for those with disabilities.

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Diabetes Service Dogs Can Save Lives

When five-year-old Peter arrived at Sunday school with a dog, I was taken aback. The sleek Yellow Lab nuzzled the boy, who joyously hugged the neck of the dog, and while this image wouldn’t be out of the ordinary in many situations, I wasn’t used to seeing dogs inside of the classroom.

Peter, his mother explained, has type 1 diabetes, and his diabetes service dog, Jasmine, alerts him when his insulin levels are off. It didn’t take long to understand the severity of Peter’s condition, as I watched him battle a disease he had no control over – appearing lively and playful one moment, and pale and weak the next.

While situations like Peter’s are scary for teachers, parents, and those who are responsible for the child, with the help of dogs like Jasmine, Peter and those who love him, can relax in knowing they have another – in this case – nose to rely on.

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From Lap to Laundry: Service dogs

Dogs have been the best companion of man since times immemorial. One cannot forget that, Ulysses was recognized by his dog Argus when he returned after 20 long years. A dog can really do wonders especially for those who are physically challenged. This special animal certainly makes the world a better place to live in. It could be any dog for that matter, but a service dog is specially trained in order to assist people who have disabilities. These types of dogs are not of any different breeds, but are like regular dogs except that they have special training to perform tasks for people who have disabilities like impaired vision or hearing or those who are confined to a wheelchair.