Celebrate Service Dogs (with inspiring video)

By Lisa Spector, Canine Music Expert, Juilliard Graduate, and co-creator of Through a Dogís 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 Dogís 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.


Duane B.
.4 years ago

Thank you for sharing.

Bette-Ann L.
Bette-Ann Libin5 years ago

I work in animal rescue, these last few years have been difficult, well...more than difficult actually...I am inundated with cruelty of horrific extremes such as burning animals alive, disfiguring and drowning kittens, drilling holes in puppies heads, owner abandonment, starvation so severe you believe the animal could not survive...you name it, we see it....my heart was so low tonight, this video tucked itself into the corner of my soul and will be my salvation, thank you for the work you are doing and for sharing such a meaningful video (on many, many levels).

Dan L.
Dan Lubniewski6 years ago

Birdman of long beach - animalrescuer131@yahoo.com - e-mail me if you find a injured pigeon needing help around the Long Beach California area and I will try to help. My friend Joe got run over and killed in his wheelchair a couple years ago. He had a black lab service dog " Lucky " She only acted up around me because she loved me almost as much as him and he was a little jelous ( Ha Ha ) there was quite a few stories published on Lucky and she was like a local celebrity after Joe died. Joe & I had papers notorized a few years prior to him being killed because he knew lucky should be with me because of the love connection we shared if anything ever happened to him. And my friend Joe also was terminally ill. Obviously the notorized papers which I still have meant nothing to anybody in Long Beach Cal. The fire department had possession of Lucky for awhile. A nurse at St. Mary's hospital had possession of Lucky for awhile. But not one person ever even let me know where Lucky was and to this day I have not seen her once. Its really sad to think I had legal papers making me her legal owner and I would have had to hire a lawyer to fight to get possession of lucky which I could not afford. Greg Mellen a journalist for the Press Telegram tried to help me get Lucky and the girl at the hospital who had possession of Lucky did not even respond to his e-mails. But this great tear dripper of a story brought back a lot of loving memories I had with Lucky. Service dogs are simply the g

Sheri P.
Sheri P6 years ago

That is so sweet and inspirational...made me cry!

Serena Alonzi
6 years ago

amazing :)

Maria S.
Maria S6 years ago

Brought tears to my eyes. Thanks Lisa for sharing such a beautiful video, music and story.

Crystal Rock
Crystal Rock6 years ago

This is so adorable!

Chris Ray
Chris R6 years ago

Service dogs rock! Thanks Lisa!~

Veronica Bastidas

wonderful dog

Rosemary B.
Rosemary B6 years ago

To know that our dogs who love us no matter what, it's a beautiful thing to see them being of service to us also!