Posts tagged "service dogs"

Growing Up with Service Dogs As Important As Any Family Member

Growing Up with Service Dogs As Important As Any Family Member
Veterinary technician Julie Shaw said that getting service dogs for her son with cerebral palsy has changed his life. Now, she wants to change the life for a boy with autism by training a service dog for him. Listen HERE as she tells her inspirational story of what a mom can do on Steve Dale’s... Read more »

Dogs Know They Have A Purpose

Dogs Know They Have A Purpose
Veterinary technicians and even boarded veterinary behaviorists have been inspired by Julie Shaw for years, as have I. Shaw’s passionate voice regarding positive reinforcement for handling animals in-clinics, and support of behavior as a specialty for technicians has changed the profession. Shaw, is a registered veterinary technician, was the senior animal behavior technologist at Purdue University for 13... Read more »

Pets As Write Offs? IRS Says Maybe Yes

Pets As Write Offs? IRS Says Maybe Yes
Pets are family, according to nearly all survey, over 90 percent of pet owners consider their furry (or even scaly or feathered friend) a member of the family. We’re increasingly willingly to do anything for them. But they can give back to us now in an all new way, according to Daily Finance As the... Read more »
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Pets' Year in Review: Steve Dale's Columns

Pets' Year in Review: Steve Dale's Columns
More than anything else, I hope my newspaper columns helps families, afterall pets are considered members of the family. 2014 included columns on many topics I was proud to elevate to a public platform. Journalist Julia Szabo spoke with me about her book,  “Medicine Dog: The Miraculous Cure That Healed My Best Friend and Saved... Read more »

Service Dogs Help Soldiers with PTSD

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U.S. Veterans Administration estimates that 400,000 ex-soldiers are currently being treated for post traumatic stress disorder syndrome with the numbers climbing daily. It’s not a made-up dysfunction – the VA certainly admits PTSD exists. And those numbers don’t count thousands more with traumatic brain injuries. The rate of divorces, substance abuse and unemployment among veterans with PTSD... Read more »

Ron and Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation To Introduce Their First Service Dog

Ron and Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation To Introduce Their First Service Dog
Diabetic alert dogs – dogs actually trained to alert before a diabetic’s blood sugar crashes or surges – it’s amazing stuff. Vicki Santo speaks with me about the Ron and Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation , and how the non-profit came to be. It turns out the Cub great’s dog, named Joker, was able to do... Read more »
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Ron and Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation, Steve Dale's Pet World

Ron and Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation, Steve Dale's Pet World
Vicki Santo of the Ron and Vicki Santo Diabetic Alert Dog Foundation is my guest Sunday, August 31, 6:35 AM CDT on Steve Dale’s Pet World, WGN Radio. Listen at 720AM or HERE.  Vicki will tell the amazing story of how her dog Joker actually alerted Vicki when her Hall of Fame husband was having... Read more »

Assistance Dogs ARE Happy, Guest Column by Toni Eames

Assistance Dogs ARE Happy, Guest Column by Toni Eames
“Assistance Dogs May be Well Cared For But Are They Happy” was the title of a controversial column featuring Jennifer Arnold, founder of a service dog school called Canine Assistants and author of ”Though A Dog’s Eyes”  (Spiegal & Grau, New York, NY, 2010; $25). Many disagreed vehemently with Arnold, including the author of this guest blog, Toni... Read more »

Assistance Dogs May Be Well Cared For, But Are They Happy

Assistance Dogs May Be Well Cared For, But Are They Happy
Jennifer Arnold founded a service dog school called Canine Assistants in 1995. ”Assistance dogs change lives, save lives, help people to live more independently and therefore productively; there’s no question about it,” she begins. “But there’s a huge problem in the industry. Too often we’re not very nice to the dogs being trained.” Arnold hesitates, then... Read more »
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Perfect Kitties Like Their Nails Trimmed, & More Comments for You

Perfect Kitties Like Their Nails Trimmed, & More Comments for You
Here are some reader responses to answers in recent columns. I always appreciate reader input. Email anytime with questions or answers at steve@stevedale.tv. You can also find me on Facebook. COMMENT: “My kitties are perfect in every way. Thanks so much for sharing your love and knowledge of animals. Today, the subject of declawing came... Read more »