Governor Dayton of Minnesota proclaimed the week of August 7-13, 2016 as International Assistance Dog Week. Here is the certificate, followed by the wording in the proclamation:
WHEREAS: Assistance dogs transform the lives of their human partners with physical and mental disabilities by serving as devoted companions, aides, best friends, and family members; and
WHEREAS: Assistance dogs include service dogs, guide dogs, hearing alert dogs, and alert/seizure response dogs; and
WHEREAS: Service dogs assist people with disabilities with walking, balancing, dressing, traveling, retrieving and carrying items, opening doors and drawers, pushing buttons, pulling wheelchairs, and aiding with household chores; and
WHEREAS: Guide dogs assist people with vision loss, leading individuals around physical obstacles; across intersections; entering or exiting doorways, elevators, and stairways; and to destinations such as seating; and
WHEREAS: Hearing dogs alert people with hearing loss to sounds such as doorbells, telephones, crying babies, sirens, other persons, buzzing timers or sensors, and knocks at the door, and they aid in emergency situations such as smoke or fire; and
WHEREAS: Alert/seizure response dogs provide warning for oncoming medical conditions including heart attack, stroke, diabetes, anxiety attack, post-traumatic stress, and seizures; and
WHEREAS: International Assistance Dog Week, August 7, 13, 2016, provides opportunities to raise awareness of the selfless way assistance dogs help their human partners.
Today’s post shows Helping Paws service dogs assisting their partners in venues other than the work place.
Susan is able to enjoy going to the movies with her precious grandsons thanks to service dog Joe.
Service dogs are a key factor in graduates’ opportunity to enjoy the great outdoors.
Cassie accompanies Shelly to a ballgame (great shot of Shelly’s pedi!).
Jim and Peton at the Wag Walk and Run. They have been WWR committee members since the inception of the event.
Carl with Jed, and Aric with Minnie, have found that their service dogs mitigate the effects of PTSD enough that they can be out and about in their communities again.
Maui chills while her partner Lynne works out for 2 hours at Fit 4 Recovery. Though this does not look like much, service dogs need to be able to relax quietly while their partners concentrate on personal fitness.
Jaime and Clio get ready to begin classes at Inver Hills Community College.
Valerie and Zach with Ernie enjoy an evening out.
At 11 years of age, Maddy has been Samantha’s service dog for 10 years. here she is blinged out in her brand new pack.
Andrea never dreamed she could take her kids to Disney World until she received Tate.
Going shopping is now possible for many of our graduates. Their dogs are opening doors for them, literally and figuratively.
Chad and Truman
Keona with Nancy’s grandson Jack.
LaVonne showing teamwork with Olaf.
Brian and Sybil are front and center in this family photo.
Many many thanks to the graduates for providing such touching photos for our blog posts this week. Happy International Assistance Dog Week!