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Video: Colorado prison-trained dog turned autistic boy’s life around

Susy Tucker marks the time her autistic son, Zach, began hugging her again — after a lapse of four years — by the arrival of Clyde, a chocolate Labrador trained behind bars by a convicted killer.

Within three weeks of Clyde’s arrival at the Tuckers’ home in Colorado Springs, Zach went from petting his dog to wrapping his arms around his mother. It was a stunning moment, one of many to follow. The boy who once grimaced and whined at any skin-to-skin contact had learned the warmth of touching from a dog. Read More

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National Dog Show backs therapy program with broadcaster David Frei’s Angel on a Leash effort

You wouldn’t necessarily think of a television dog show as “interactive.”

But the National Dog Show Thursday on NBC, noon-2 p.m., will show you how, if you have a dog of your own, it could be.

Okay, you can’t drive Rover to the show and expect to come home later that afternoon with a blue ribbon.

But if you have the time and inclination, there’s a good chance Rover could do something even more valuable and rewarding: become a therapy dog.

Read more: National Dog Show backs therapy program with broadcaster David Frei's Angel on a Leash effort – NY Daily News.

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Dogs train to sniff out trouble for diabetics

For 27 years, Sarah Breidenbach of St. Paul, Minn., had a foolproof way of knowing when her blood sugar level was dangerously low.

Diagnosed with Type 1 diabetes as a child, she could spot the early warning signs — feeling shaky and anxious.

Then one night while sleeping, her blood sugar level plummeted, causing a violent seizure that sent her to the hospital. Over the next 18 months, paramedics made 178 trips to her home.

That’s when her doctor prescribed an unusual tool to help manage her diabetes: a dog.

Read more: Dogs train to sniff out trouble for diabetics | The Detroit News.

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Massachusetts diner owner weathers storms over ejecting Iraq war veteran and dog from restaurant

OXFORD — When James Glaser and his Jack Russell terrier padded into Big I’s diner last weekend, a firestorm erupted that has shaken and divided this small town. The Iraq war veteran was greeted with expletives by the owner, Glaser and his service dog were evicted, and police were summoned to the door of the modest Main Street eatery.

“Get that [expletive] dog the hell out of here,” Big I’s owner Russell Ireland yelled at Glaser, according to the police report.

Nearly a week of invective followed, leading to a possible climax on Saturday when hundreds of veterans are expected to descend on this Worcester suburb to heighten awareness about post-traumatic stress syndrome.

Read more: Oxford diner owner weathers storms over ejecting Iraq war veteran and dog from restaurant – Metro – The Boston Globe.

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Canine noses may sniff out seizures

“Five or 10 minutes before Shelly Ryan has a seizure, her hands might tremble or her head begin to ache with migraine pain. Or she might also get an even earlier warning: licked hands. Bouncer, Ryan’s 2-year-old yellow Labrador, can sense something wrong with her owner.”

Canine noses may sniff out seizures — Courant.com

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Cute pooch sniffs out ugly vermin

“CANINE SLEUTHS are known for rooting out and tracking down cocaine, bombs, bodies and fugitives, but Dottie is looking for something else as she pokes her nose along baseboards and the cushions of a couch.

Bedbugs.

Yes, your skin is probably already crawling, but Dottie has no problem getting close to them. That’s her job.”

Cute pooch sniffs out ugly vermin – Nova Scotia News – TheChronicleHerald.ca

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Pet stroking eases pain

“Pets have long been known to bring us a sense of wellbeing and take away some of the stresses of the day. And our furry friends have, for some years now, been visiting hospitals in a bid to cheer patients. But now, according to a new study, it has been revealed that the simple act of stroking a pet can actually ease the pain.”

Pet stroking eases pain – Ruby Room

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Family credits dog with saving dad’s life

“If it weren’t for the family’s 5-year-old yellow Labrador, Buddy, Jason Jarvis would be dead.”

Family credits dog with saving dad’s life – Holland, MI – The Holland Sentinel:

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Dogs help disabled vets accomplish daily tasks

“Training dogs to help the disabled in daily tasks is something Canine Support Teams has done for years. Last year it expanded into a new area: providing the dogs to disabled veterans to help them make the transition back to civilian life.”

Riverside (CA) Press Enterprise