New Yorkers Using Bogus Therapy Dog Tags, Making Things Difficult for Real Service Dogs


A fake therapy dog accompanies its owner in a New York grocery store.
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We post frequently about situations in which people with service dogs are either denied service or asked to leave a business, and we are usually pretty hard on the business owners and employees who make these wrongheaded and illegal decisions. But we must be equally strong in our disapproval of folks who. . .

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Blind Therapy Dog Continues to Raise Awareness for Autism


Dutchess continues to travel the country to raise awareness for autism
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Dutchess the Golden Retriever is giving new meaning to the cliché “Love is blind.” When a degenerative disease robbed Dutchess of her eyesight in 2010, her career as an autism ambassador and therapy dog was in jeopardy. But in the. . .

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Video: How How Therapy Dogs Help in a Crisis


Spartacus with high-school students in Newtown, Connecticut, after the Sandy Hook tragedy.
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We post fairly frequently about therapy dogs rushing to the scene of a tragedy (shootings, bombings, tornadoes), but we rarely get good insight into exactly what these therapy dogs do. In this video, Brad Cole discusses his experience bringing his Akita, Spartacus, to help after the Sandy Hook Elementary shooting and the. . .

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Blind Pug Works as Therapy Dog in Oregon


Xander provides a moment of joy and calm at a local daycare.
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Here’s a great story from southern Oregon, where Xander the Pug brings warmth, calm, and joy to many in his community. This is all the more impressive because the little dog is blind, having lost his sight due to an accident in puppyhood. He also has some respiratory problems that require him to breath through his. . .

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Peaches the Wonder Pit Travels to Tornado-Damaged Oklahoma


Peaches poses with a Red Cross worker in Moore, Oklahoma.
Photo via Facebook

According to her Facebook page, Peaches the Wonder Pit is a “super cool therapy dog.” Rescued from a terrible abuse situation, Peaches now lives in Charlotte, North Carolina, and provides all kinds of therapy functions, from visiting local nursing homes to welcoming home soldiers from deployment to visiting victims of. . .

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