Those Amazing Service Dogs

The first reference found for guide dogs was in the late 16th century, with a line in a popular alphabet verse "...B is for Blind-Man / led by a dog..." In the 19th century guide dogs are mentioned in Elizabeth Barrett Browning's verse novel Aurora Leigh, by the title character, "Blind man walks wherever the dog pulls, and so I answered."

Today the role of a service dog has grown to help the disabled with many tasks, Dogs and other service animals are able to help with banking, assist in daily chores and routines and help the deaf and hard of hearing. There are therapy animals that can help people become aware of an oncoming seizure, or provide comfort during times of stress, such as dogs sent to comfort the students returning to school after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary. Soldiers returning home with disabilities and the effects of PTSD have also found comfort through their therapy animals.

The Santa Clara County Library District also has a children's program, Reading Buddies where school children can read to service dogs, allowing children to practice their reading skills while getting used to dogs. The dogs also get used to small children and get to hear some wonderful stories!

--Susan

 

 

A Dog Named Slugger

A Dog Named Slugger : The True Story of a Friend That Changed my World

The Possibility Dogs

The Possiblity Dogs : What a Handful of "Unadoptables" Taught me about Service, Hope and Healing

 

Through A Dog's Eyes

Through a Dog's Eyes

Comet's Tale

Comet's Tale : How the Dog I Rescued Saved My Life

Until Tuesday

  Until Tuesday : A Wounded Warrior

and the Golden Retreiver that Saved Him

To the Rescue

To the Rescue : Found Dogs With a Mission

 

 

 

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