Amazing Service Dogs

A list of Stories about amazing dogs that help people with debilitating diseases and other handicaps as well as dogs that help servicemen of all kinds overseas and at home.
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Dana Bertrand has two children with autism, her youngest is also diabetic and unable to communicate how she feels. Enter Cyrus, their medical service dog who can detect eight-year old Brianna's blood sugar levels from the scent of her breath and skin. If the yellow Labrador retriever senses Brianna's blood sugar level is low or high, he alerts her parents. Her parents then test Brianna. We here at Allie Smiles wish Brianna and Cyrus the best of luck in the future!

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Last week, the Van Riper family was preparing for a deployment. But it wasn’t their Soldier who was leaving for a mission. Rather, it was their dog, Rory. The 1-year-old black Labrador retriever is a member of an elite dog corps that works as service dogs – including guide dogs, veteran assistance dogs and therapy dogs. Best of luck to Rory from the folks here at Allie Smiles! Click the comments section to continue reading about Rory.

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When the walls shrink and the panic sets in, Specialist Mike Ballard reaches for his service dog, Apollo, to help him get through his worst symptoms of the post-traumatic stress disorder that is a remnant of an explosion in Afghanistan that ended his career as an Army medic. Click the comments section to read more about Mike and his dog, Apollo.

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Richmond County District Attorney Daniel Donovan introduced Bronksey on Wednesday, a 2-year-old black Labrador/golden retriever mix who has been specially trained to aid crime victims. His primary role will be to comfort and ease the anxiety of victims or witnesses as they go through the criminal justice process, which tends to be overwhelming for many, Donovan said. Click the comments section to read more!

S.I. Hires Retriever Pup to Comfort Crime Victims

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We cannot express our thanks and appreciation to the members of our Armed Forces past, present, and future! - Team Allie Smiles

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Happy memorial Day to everyone from your friends here at Allie Smiles! And a big thank you goes out to all our beloved service men, women, and animal!

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Luke Morris and Polar: Two years ago, Luke Morris dove into a river and broke his back. He has limited movement in his arms, and cannot move his legs. Now, Polar, his 5-year-old Labrador Retriever, provides a helping hand. From taking off a sweatshirt to getting the door, it adds up to a level of independence that Luke and his mom Linda thought they had lost. (Read the comments for more info.)

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Iraq War veteran Daniel McKenzie of Bellingham plays with his new puppy Pip at Brigadoon Service Dogs on Mission Road east of Bellingham Thursday morning, May 10, 2012. McKenzie is getting the dog to help with his PTSD. McKenzie says the dog will help him de-stress and unwind. View the comments to read more.

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On Friday, April 13th, Laura Hulsing gave birth to Noah Fredrick Hulsing-Drymon who weighed 7 pounds, 13 ounces. This was no ordinary delivery, Not only did Laura have her family and physician, Heidi Arnold, MD with her: Autumn, her companion and service dog, also welcomed Noah. View the comments section to read more!

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Many people are familiar with service dogs such as seeing eye dogs, but are unaware of some of the other amazing work dogs can do for people. So to generate some awareness for the amazing work these dogs do the folks over at petmd.com put together a list of the top-10 jobs for pet assistants. ClickThePic to see the list!

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Service Dogs can help veterans of War when Meds can't. Donna Bachler an Army vet who suffers from PTSD was prescribed to more than half a dozen different medications, but all that changed once she met her service dog grapefruit. (cont. in comments.)

Service Dogs Help Vets Battle PTSD When Meds Can't

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Dogs have served in combat beside man since the Egyptians. Shown here is the doberman pincher, the official dog of the U.S.M.C. during WWII.

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Irwin Stovroff, founder of Vets Helping Heroes, said he witnessed first-hand how service dogs can save the lives of veterans. He explained he was motivated to start a foundation for the purpose since government funds were largely unavailable.They had so many handicaps, being blind, losing arms, having seizures, post traumatic stress disorder, and our government had no funds for dogs. The dogs not only become members of these veterans lives, they become life partners, said Irwin.

Dog means life or death for war-wounded vets

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Reeve Basile has a running habit. We have to basically sleep with one eye open said his mother Chris, as Reeve darted away. Chris was on an Internet quest several months ago when it occurred to her there might be a service dog out there for Reeve. Chris eventually found an org. named Pawsitive Service Dog Solutions that provided Reeve with a 1 yr. old lab named Chaz. The dog will sense when Reeve wants to run, and will lay down. Good luck to Reeve and Chaz in the future from Allie Smiles!

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Roxie, the Belgian Malinois, has a deep intuitive understanding that many people lack—how to help someone suffering from PTSD. Brad Livingston, a Gulf and Iraq War veteran, is Roxie’s owner. She is trained to help Brad deal with daily events that act as potential triggers to his trauma. When helicopters fly over his home, Roxie responds immediately.She leans into me and is aware of these situations. It has a calming effect. Wishing Roxie and Brad the best of luck in the future from Allie Smi...

Battle Buddy: Roxie the Service Dog Helps Spread PTSD Awareness

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Rex and his handler Corporal Meagan Levey, who served together identifying explosives, suffered serious injury when an IED exploded while they searched for bombs in Iraq. After healing, Leavey returned home while Rex returned to active duty. Corp. Leavey then tried multiple times to adopt Rex,but was stymied by military bureaucracy However,with the help of a petition with over 20,000 signatures,Rex returned home to live with Meagan. Thank You for your service Meagan and Rex from Allie Smi...

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Aaron Knobloch's baby daughter Alida suffers from a rare lung condition called neuroendocrine cell hyperplasia of infancy, and needs a portable oxygen tank to help her breathe. While the oxygen tank helps her tremendously, the down side is that Alida has to be tethered to the 6 l.b. tank very often, which can be very limiting for a toddler. Enter Mr. Gibbs, a golden doodle trained to be Alida’s constant companion. With a dog carrying her oxygen tank Alida is free to roam and play with others...

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Last week Penny Elms at the Dog News Examiner wrote about Lucas Hembree, a 4-year-old from Alcoa, TN with Sanfilippo type A/MPS III – a disorder with a life expectancy of just 15 years. He’s already had several surgeries and is losing his ability to walk. Some people have called the disease “childhood alzheimer’s” because the symptoms of the 2 diseases are similar. Lucas’ dad rescued a German Shepherd they named Juno from death row at a shelter hours before she was scheduled to be killed a...

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As it turns out, along with the 79 commandos who raided Osama bin Laden's compound was a war dog! Yes, The New York Times reports that along with those Navy Seals was a trusty, heavily-armored, explosive-sniffing pup, who, according to The Sun in the U.K., was strapped to an assault team member and lowered into Bin Laden's hideout from a Black Hawk helicopter. The military has been training dogs, just like the Seals, to be dropped into hostile territory from hundreds of feet in the air. Who...

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“I have dystonia, which causes abnormal, uncontrollable movements and twisted posturing of your body. Recently, dystonia has seemed like something I cannot escape. Then in February 2009, I was paired with Service Dog Caspin, and my life has changed in amazing ways. I feel like my dystonia matters less with Caspin by my side. I can focus on my goals and dreams, and he always seems to make the pain more bearable. I have been back home in Davis for four days now, although it seems like I’ve ...

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Kerri had been sitting in a rarely-used, musty, back-office elevator. Sitting and waiting patiently as 20 minutes passed, thinking about the appointment she was soon to miss. The elevator wasn't stuck and Kerri wasn't anxious. She just couldn't reach the elevator buttons from her wheel chair on her own. So, she sat there reflecting, waiting for the inevitably helpful stranger to arrive and assist with a simple task that was usually performed by her assistance dog, Abdul. And then it st...

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Buster , is a nine-year-old Royal Air Force bomb-detection dog, "who braved bombs and bullets over five operational tours of duty" in places like Bosnia and Afghanistan. The English Springer Spaniel, who's received a series of medals for his service, is retiring to the home of his handler, RAF Police Sergeant Michael "Will" Barrow. Sgt. Barrow told the Daily Mail that Buster kept a cool demeanor during even their most dangerous work tracking down insurgents through poppy fields: "'Each time ...

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My son Brendan will be 7 Dec, 17 2008, he has had severe Epilepsy since he was 2 mon old. Brendan has 6 different types of seizures, & has Mild Autism. Brendan was having over 100+ seizures a day before he was placed on Meds, & Received a VNS (Vagal Nerve Stimulator) Brendan had surgery to place this device when he was 2 1/2 . My son still had 35 + seizures a day even with the VNS. We were sooooo luck to find a lady in South Bend Indiana, that trains Siberian Huskies for all types of SD w...

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The first time I spoke to former Marine dog handler Mike Dowling I asked him about his working dog, Rex. He chuckled and declined; explaining the brief time we had on the phone that day just wasn't enough to do Rex justice. Next week the seasoned and still-working German Shepherd will officially be given his due tribute in Sergeant Rex: The Unbreakable Bond Between a Marine and His Working Dog. The forthcoming book, written by Dowling, chronicles the team's tour in Iraq in 2004, most of w...

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Plastered across the top of Pfc. Colton Rusk's Facebook page are photographs of a black Labrador Retriever, named Eli, who always looks like he's smiling. Rusk was a dog handler who had enlisted in the Marines right out of high school and Eli, the four-year-old bomb-sniffing dog, was his partner. The pair was serving in Afghanistan when Rusk was hit by Taliban sniper fire on Dec. 6, 2010. Eli was the first to reach him where Rusk fell. The dog crawled on top of Rusk's body, ferociously p...

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