Our world is a safer, easier to navigate place because of specially trained dogs who do everything from assisting people with disabilities to partnering with public safety and armed forces to help out when emergencies occur.
The kind and heroic efforts of service dogs are regularly featured in the news. In June 2015 a service dog saved their blind owner’s life by lunging in front of an oncoming school bus.
In May we learned of a blind 11-year-old girl who suffers up to 20 seizures a day. Flint, her beloved service dog, alerts the girl’s parents of new seizures and guides the girl so that she doesn’t fall or hit her head.
Training a service dog can take 18 to 24 months. Jennifer Arnold, founder of Canine Assistants, estimates that training and lifetime care for service dogs can cost as much as $24,500.
It is because of kind foster families who raise future service dogs and expert training that the world is made a little more joyful and less difficult for those who need assistance.
Portraits of adorable future life savers
Thanks to social media, we get to meet these wonderful puppies who are on their way to becoming service dogs.
Avalanche Rescue Dog in Training pic.twitter.com/SolLTdU48F
— Baby Animals (@BabyAnimalPics) June 19, 2015
A guide puppy in training meets a fireman. Two awesome heroes… pic.twitter.com/Cn1Ivr5CSS
— RestoraPet (@restorapet) June 1, 2015
— Andrea McCarren (@AndreaMcCarren) June 15, 2015
Everyone meet dolly! She is a service puppy in training. Dolly is 1 year old and behind in the Heartland Service Dog Program because they could not find her a home that was willing to give her the full attention and training a service puppy in training needs. She will most likely be a PTSD service dog or a diabetes/medical alert dog. Even though she is growing to be very tall, she doesn’t have the strength to support someone’s body weight in order to be a mobile service dog. Dolly will be staying with me 24/7 for the next year or so! So if you see me you will see her. Don’t be afraid to come say hello!
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After many months of hard work, it is important to take a moment to celebrate and reflect on graduation day!
— K9Partners4Life (@caninepartners) June 10, 2015