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“Dog helps keep shelter residents on even keel”

 

Therapy Dog In Training 1

Therapy Dog In Training 1 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This March 31, 2014 Pittsburgh Post-Gazette article talks about the role of a therapy dog at the Pleasant Valley Homeless shelter in aiding the people served by the shelter.

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“30 Naughtiest Dogs: You’ll LOL When You Find Out What They Did”

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This March 5, 2014 Pansy Panda article or maybe photo gallery would be more fitting description, offers something on the lighter side of life to enjoy.  I know I don’t usually post this sort of thing on here, but being a dog lover myself, and having laughed so hard I had tears rolling down my face (not something that I usually experience).  I felt like I needed to give others something to smile about as well.  I can’t take credit for the contents of the pictures on the page I linked to, but I think even someone who tolerates dogs might get a chuckle out of some of the images on the page I linked to.  I’ve noticed that things have been pretty serious on here for a while now, so to make up for all the seriousness, I hope this offers a little balance ….. my personal favorite of the pics was the one of the dog involving the Patron Saint of Animals.

 

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Here is a picture of my current Service Dog named “Orca” really it’s “Ora” but I was getting her name confused with my cat’s name so I added a letter and the dog is now “Orca”.

Small scruffy dog named "Orca" or "Ora" trying on her new service dog vest

My Psychiatric Service Dog, “Orca”, trying on her new vest to make sure it fits.

 

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“Man’s Best Friend Lives Up to the Name”

English: A Psychiatric Service Dog In Training

English: A Psychiatric Service Dog In Training (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

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This article doesn’t have a date on it, but I received  link to it in an email directly from NAMI on Wednesday, July 11, 2012.  The article was neat for me to read, because I have a Psychiatric Service Dog, and I love hearing about others being able to benefit from these awesome dogs.  prior to getting Tippy, I was in he hospital at least once per year for mental health reasons, but I’ve had Tippy for about 6 years now, and only had to be hospitalized once in that time frame.  The reason for the hospitalization was the result of eating too much grapefruit which interacted with my medications negatively and caused me to have a serotonin overload, which I later found out was more serious than I realized at the time.  At any rate though, I’m finding that Tippy helps motivate me to get out of bed on those days when depression is trying to creep in, she helps me remember to take my medications on time, and my panic attacks have decreased significantly since I got her as well.  I now find that going out in public while still challenging, is much more tolerable then it had been before I got her.

One thing I would like to remind folks of though, is that despite Guide Dogs for the visually impaired being the type of service dog that people think of first, it is important for folks to realize that not all disabled people are visually impaired.  Service dogs have been trained for all sorts of disabilities, including but not limited to, hearing, seizure alerts, diabetic alerts, mobility, psychiatric, and other types of disabilities that have a huge impact on the individual’s ability to function in everyday life.  Not all disabilities are visible to the naked eye, so if you see someone who is accompanied by a service dog, don’t assume the handler is visually impaired, or that the dog is in training both could be wrong assumptions, and for me personally, I get frustrated with it when people make such assumptions about me, because it comes across as rude on some level and like people view me as a diagnosis and not as a person.  Treat folks who are accompanied by a service animal the way you would want a stranger to treat you if you were seen in public, it’s ok to be friendly, and say hi to me, or commenting on the weather or whatever other small talk you might encounter while shopping, but please respect the fact that disabled people are not required by any law or regulation to discuss their disability in detail with anyone, and that despite out disability, we are people first 🙂

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