NEADS in the News
Service dog helps U.S. Army veteran lead ‘somewhat of a normal life’
Chris Maddeford's best friend can open doors and deliver his keys and cellphone on demand. He snuggles up when Maddeford is sad or upset. AJ, a 6-year-old pure-bred American Labrador retriever, is Maddeford's service dog. AJ has been a constant companion since Maddeford, a former U.S. Army sergeant who served in Afghanistan, got him in 2009.
Nonprofit reaches out to bombing victims with an offer of service dogs
Since the Boston Marathon bombings, Jessica Kensky and her husband, Patrick Downes, have been grappling with the enormity of all they have lost. The attack cost each a leg, casting the young couple into a nightmarish world of trauma and recovery and shattering their plan to move to the West Coast, where Downes had accepted a pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology. But late last month, the flow of loss was offset a bit when the couple gained something: a young, black Labrador retriever named Rescue.
Service dogs barred, doubted, and deeply treasured
When Kevin Lambert’s service dog, a black Lab named Ronnie, senses he’s in a funk, she plunks her head down in his lap or sometimes climbs right onto it, all 65 pounds of her. When they’re out together, she sticks by the Army vet’s side, helping to keep his post traumatic stress disorder at bay, and makes him feel less alone.
Dogs treated to charitable walk
Putnam, Conn. — No matter how they arrived — in a cage, in a car or on foot — the menagerie of dogs at Putnam Lions' fifth annual walk to benefit National Education for Assistance Dog Services all left the same way: Refreshed and happy.
Local Boy Benefits from Annual MDA Boot Drives
For almost 60 years, Massachusetts firefighters have had a special relationship with the Muscular Dystrophy Association. In those years, they've raised over $500 million for the MDA through their boot drives. Children everywhere have better lives because of their efforts. Ten-year-old Joe Miller is as active as any boy his age. Only difference? He does it all from his wheelchair. "Don't be sad about anything. Just live your life like a regular kid," said Miller.
THE SPITZ TAKE: Mendon mom shares details of her Weekends
MENDON — A suburban mom and a prisoner team up to turn a yellow Lab puppy into a faithful service dog. If you think that sounds like a great idea for a movie, you're not alone. CBS Films optioned the rights before "Weekends with Daisy'' was even written. The film might not be coming to a theater near you until 2015 or 2016, but the book by Mendon author Sharron Kahn Luttrell is being released next month. And if you think the movie plot synopsis tells you all you need to know about the book, think again.
McGovern files bill to promote service dogs to returning veterans
Inspired by a visit to a Princeton-based program, U.S. Rep. James McGovern, D-Massachusetts, is leading the charge in Washington to help military personnel returning from duty who are dealing with posttraumatic stress disorder and other disabilities. On July 30, McGovern introduced the bipartisan Wounded Warrior Service Dog Act in the House of Representatives.
Avalaunch Media Announces Winner of Paws vs. Claws Social Media Contest and Animal Advocacy Fundraiser
Avalaunch Media reveals the winner and final results of the Paws vs. Claws social media contest. As part of the contest, people voted for their favorite infographic and raised money for two charities, NEADS.org and The Humane Society of the United States.
A chance to name a special pup
Bo for Bowditch? Dan for Danforth? Cush for Cushing? Which Framingham-inspired name would best fit a puppy that will grow up to be a trained assistance dog and loyal companion to a combat veteran, a Boston Marathon bombing victim or maybe a disabled child?
Shapleigh, Man's Best Friend
Shapleigh, a chocolate lab, greyhound mix, has been partnered with John Defazio for over 2 years. See how Shapleigh has changed John's life.