By Lisa Spector, Canine Music Expert, Juilliard Graduate, and co-creator of Through a Dog’s Ear.
International Assistance Dog Week is August 7 – 13. According to the IADW website, the week was created to recognize all the devoted, hardworking assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability related limitations. The goals are to:
- Recognize and honor assistance dogs
- Raise awareness and educate the public about assistance dogs
- Honor puppy raisers and trainers
- Recognize heroic deeds performed by assistance dogs in our communities
Click here for a full list of IADW events this week and weekend across the world.
Sanchez (pictured above as a puppy) and Gina are both career change dogs from Guide Dogs for the Blind. As a former volunteer puppy raiser for Guide Dogs, I have a soft place in my heart for all the service dogs who are hard at work and who just delight in a job well done. Four paws up to all of them.
Whenever I think of service dogs, Surf Dog Ricochet comes to mind. Ricochet was bred and raised to help people with disabilities. View this very inspiring video to see how Ricochet has helped so many by really developing her full talents. She inspires everyone to realize that anything is possible.
Do you have a service dog or personally know any? How have they affected your life and of others you know? Thanks for sharing your story in a comment below.
As co-creator of Through a Dog’s Ear, I am offering my Care2 readers a free download from our latest release, Music to Calm your Canine Companion, Vol. 3. Simply click here and enter your email address and a link to the free download will be delivered to your inbox for you and your canine household to enjoy.