Every dog may have his day but, during the dog days of summer, canines who are devoted to enriching the lives of those in need of a helping paw are awarded an entire seven days of appreciation. International Assistance Dog Week starts the first Sunday of every August.
Established in 2009 by Marcie Davis, founder of Working Like Dogs, host of an internet radio program by the same name and author of Working Like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook (which features a forward by animal-loving luminary Betty White), the pet holiday applauds the abilities of our four-legged friends who open up a world of possibilities for people who face both physical and mental challenges. Through their roles as guide dogs for the visually impaired, service dogs, hearing alert dogs, seizure alert/response dogs and medical alert/response dogs, these service dogs perform a wide variety of roles.
Along with celebrating the skills of assistance dogs, the week is also an homage to all those who are dedicated to training canines for a future not only as a valued aide, but also as a trusted friend and family member to a person who is dealing with a disability.
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