In the News - 2013

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Service dog helps U.S. Army veteran lead ‘somewhat of a normal life’

November 10, 2013

Sunday, November 10, 2013 by Tina Sfondeles, Chicago Sun Times 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…

Nonprofit reaches out to bombing victims with an offer of service dogs

November 2, 2013

Saturday, November 2, 2013 by Sharron Kahn Luttrell, The Boston Globe 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…

Service dogs barred, doubted, and deeply treasured

September 18, 2013

Wednesday, September 18, 2013 by Beth Teitell, The Boston Globe 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,…

THE SPITZ TAKE: Mendon mom shares details of her Weekends

August 25, 2013

by Julia Spitz, Milford Daily News 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…