with Keith McGilvery. NEADS Service Dog in Training Mystic, along with her Puppy Raiser and NEADS staff visited the Fox61 studio. The process of searching for a home and training a service dog takes time. Mystic's trainers say she is growing up fast.
Margaret Smith: Whether going by train, plane or bus, Ellen Leigh of Arlington has covered many miles with Ricky, her affable black Labrador retriever, at her side. "I've had him for over eight years. He's extremely well trained," said Leigh. Leigh and Ricky teamed up through NEADS, a Princeton-based nonprofit organization that provides and trains service dogs.
"He is trained to do things to help me cope with my disability," said Leigh. "He opens doors. He picks things up that drop. He retrieves things I need, and brings them to me, takes off my jacket. He can bark to get attention. He can fetch the phone, all kinds of things."
NEEDHAM, Mass. — Kitty Mahoney experienced sudden and permanent hearing loss in 1997 after a diagnosis of meningitis. At the time, she was raising three young children, and her career was flourishing. She received her canine companion from NEADS to help her with important day-to-day functions.
Keith McGilvery, Fox61: NEADS service puppy Mystic graduated from puppy preschool this week and she was dressed to impress with a little pink bow. FOX61 and parent company TEGNA will be sponsoring her as she continues her training.
Keith McGilvery, Fox61: NEADS Service Dog in Training sponsored by Fox61 & the Tegna Foundation needs a name, and that's where Fox61 viewers are coming in.
Keith McGilvery, Fox61: The NEADS "Donut" litter...
In the coming weeks, FOX61 will be matched with a puppy that we’ll name and follow during service dog training. The hope is that he or she graduates from the program and improves the life of someone with a physical or developmental disability or who is hard of hearing.
Devin Bates: This week is International Assistance Dog Week, and one local organization is showcasing the special bond their dogs have with trainers and clients.
Meghan O'Brien, a trainer at NEADS World Class Service Dogs, wanted to become a dog trainer because it combines two of her favorite things: working with animals and helping people.
Sue Tabb and Kendra Petrone talk with NEADS Trainer Michelle Kati.
Keith McGilvery, Fox61, on the call for Full-time Puppy Raisers in Connecticut:
BOSTON, MA.- Service dogs in training and their volunteer raisers arrive for a duck tour as NEADS World Class Service Dogs and Boston Duck Tours celebrate their 10-year partnership with a duck tour for NEADS service dogs, dogs in training, service dog trainers and volunteers on April 24, 2022 in Boston, MA. Read the article and see photos here. (Photos by Amanda Sabga/MediaNews Group/Boston Herald)
Sam Bleiweis | 7 News Boston: Boston Duck Boat Tours welcomes Service Dogs and Service Dogs in Training as they mark a milestone - celebrating 10 years of giving back to NEADS... Watch the video here.
Hartford Courant: ASAP: 30 adorable Lab puppies need Connecticut volunteers to start them on their journey to be service dogs
Susan Dunne | Hartford Courant: The eight-week-old puppies from NEADS World Class Service Dogs may look like average frisky Labrador retrievers, but these cuties have an important purpose. The dogs will have careers helping people with physical, neurological and psychological special needs go through their day-to-day lives. They need proper training, however. The Massachusetts-based NEADS is expanding and needs volunteer puppy raisers as soon as possible. The nonprofit wants to recruit Connecticut residents to take the playful pups home and devote 12 to 16 months to turn them into disciplined companion animals...
Full story on HartfordCourant.com.