How Dogs Can Help Teach Children to Read
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by Mobility Service Dogs - West Coast Project
1w ago
A "PAWS That Empower" Workshop (Courtesy: MobilityDog.org)   Dogs continuously amaze us with their talents. They can be invaluable service animals, effective hunting companions, remarkable disease detectives and just great all-around pets. But did you know that they can also help teach children to read?   Literacy Crisis Literacy has significant consequences not only for individual learning and pleasure but also for global health and economic success. By one estimate, nearly 800 million people worldwide (about 15 percent of the population) cannot read. At the country level, poor lit ..read more
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How to Protect Your Dog Against Suffocation, Sunburn and Dehydration!
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by Mobility Service Dogs - West Coast Project
2w ago
It’s the keen sense of smell our dogs and other pets possess which can also get them into dangerous situations. Here’s what you may not know about pet suffocation. With the kids out of school, let the snacking begin! That probably also means your dog’s nose (and other pets) will be in overdrive with all the tempting scents of potato chips, pretzels, other popular snack foods and even the bags their own food and treats are packaged in! Canines are at the highest risk as 89% of deadly pet suffocation cases are dogs of all sizes and breeds. Even single-serving snack bags are dangerous for small ..read more
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A Blessing and a Curse: An Essay
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by Mobility Service Dogs - West Coast Project
1M ago
Since 2009, I’ve been hospitalized 6 times, each for something different and on 3 of the 6 occasions for potentially mortal illnesses. Let me give you the background. In 2009, I had a bilateral laminotomy and micro-discectomy for my L4/L5. In 2012, I had a double heart bypass. I had a 100% blockage on the “widowmaker” on my left anterior descending artery. The blockage was total and about one inch long. With the widowmaker, if you’re in the hospital and you have a heart incident, you will likely die because the doctors will not be able to perform the necessary bypass in time. The widowmak ..read more
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Paws to Reflect on the Elegance of Your Dog's Feet
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by Mobility Service Dogs - West Coast Project
1M ago
Mobility Service Dog, Beckett and Friends (Courtesy: MobilityDog.org)   Princess is a gorgeous dog, as you remind her all the time. Pretty eyes, soft fur, lovely smile. But how often do you think about her feet? Her feet are actually wonderful appendages, designed to do many things well. Moreover, we can tell a lot about what work Princess was bred to perform by examining the characteristics of her four paws.   Right front paw of dog: A) Claws, B) Digital Pads, C) Metacarpal Pad, D) Dew Claw and E) Carpal Pad. (Courtesy: Amos T Fairchild, Wikipedia) Components of a Dog’s Foot A can ..read more
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Heat Awareness: Don't Forget Your Dog!
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by Mobility Service Dogs - West Coast Project
1M ago
White Poodle Outside (Courtesy: MobilityDog.org)   Warmer temperatures can negatively affect our dogs for many reasons including age, weight, breed and humidity   Don’t Wait for Summer When it comes to protecting your precious furry family member, don’t wait until it’s “summertime!” Even mild temperatures can negatively affect your dog long before summer. Mild, lower temperatures can challenge your dog’s comfort and breathing, so be alert!   Avoid Taking Your Dog Out When it’s Hotter The National Weather Service cautions people to avoid overexertion between the hours of 11am an ..read more
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6 Tips to Keep Your Dog Safe from the Summer Heat
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by Mobility Service Dogs - West Coast Project
1M ago
  The cool temperatures of spring will soon be a memory as summer’s heat brings heavy air and spiking temperatures. We humans know what to do when summer comes – get a cool drink, sit in the shade, slather on some sunscreen or just stay inside and turn the air conditioner up. But what about our dogs? They look to us to protect them from the health-related risks soaring summer temperatures bring.   How hot is too hot for your dog? Generally, at temperatures above 89° Fahrenheit, most dogs are at risk of heat stroke – avoid taking Princess out when it gets that hot. For many dogs, out ..read more
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Genuine Accessibility Is for Everyone and Everywhere!
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by Mobility Service Dogs - West Coast Project
2M ago
Working Mobility Service Dog in a Grocery Store (Courtesy: MobilityDog.org)   In our increasingly interconnected world, accessibility cannot be limited to being just a buzzword. It's a fundamental principle ensuring everyone can fully participate in society, regardless of their abilities and physical accommodations. As the adage says, “It Takes a Village.”   Accessibility: Everywhere and Everyone One of the most significant aspects of accessibility is its overall reach. Genuine accessibility is for everywhere and everyone and this requires considering diverse needs in various enviro ..read more
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Preventing Injury in Your Athletic Dog
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by Mobility Service Dogs - West Coast Project
2M ago
Poodles Taking a Rest During a Hike (Courtesy: MobilityDog.org) Dogs are athletic marvels, with the way they run, jump, catch and fetch. Hardly surprising, then, that formal athletics contest for canines are increasing in popularity. For example, agility games have become one of the most popular and recognizable canine sports, with more than one million entries into American Kennel Club agility programs each year.   Like People, Dogs Can Be Injured Canine athletic endeavors like agility contests bring risks similar to those incurred by human athletes engaged in strenuous sports. The athl ..read more
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Navigating Beyond Your Diagnosis: What Do You Do Now?
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by Mobility Service Dogs - West Coast Project
2M ago
In Memory of a Great Service Dog Team (Courtesy: MobilityDog.org)   In life, there are moments that define us. Not by the obstacles we face, but by how we navigate through them. Imagine where a person's world is abruptly shattered by a life-altering accident, a stroke or spinal cord injury, a diagnosis of Multiple Sclerosis, Parkinson's disease, or Cerebral Palsy. In that darkest hour, the future seems uncertain, and the path forward appears obscured. So what do you do when the dreams you once held so dear and kept you motivated are gone? For most individuals, the journey after such life ..read more
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The Silent Threat to Your Dog and K9 First Aid
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by Mobility Service Dogs - West Coast Project
3M ago
Happy Dog Welcoming Spring and Easter! (Courtesy: MobilityDog.org)   Spring can spell trouble for dogs (and their humans) with tick-borne diseases like Lyme Disease. Whether you live in - or plan to travel to - an area prone to ticks, below is what you need to know!   Lyme Disease: 101 Lyme Disease is only transmitted from the bite of an infected tick after it has been attached for 36-48 hours according to the CDC. Removing a tick within 24 hours can greatly reduce your chances of getting Lyme Disease for both you and your dog. Fortunately, Lyme Disease is much easier to treat in do ..read more
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