Service Animals

'Monkey helpers' perform daily tasks that allow people with disabilities to maintain their independence

posted on July 1, 2013 - 9:25am
“I value our relationship and also care for her and enhance her life," Townsend says of Kathy. "We are a real team!"   Kathy takes a break and gets some strokes from her pal, Mike.

Making it work

posted on May 1, 2007 - 4:56pm
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 3
We all know how valuable service dogs are to people with disabilities, but service dog training organizations often overlook the needs of one important subgroup: children.
posted on May 1, 2007 - 3:29pm
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 3
Brice Carroll, a retired accountant, and Sheba live in Hot Springs, Ark. He has limb-girdle muscular dystrophy.
posted on May 1, 2007 - 2:42pm
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 3
Below are stories about the funny, sweet and amazing things service dogs do for their owners with mobility impairments, collected by freelance writer Jan Blaustone with help from the service dog training organization Canine Assistants. For the main story, read Dogs Do the Darnedest Things, Quest May-June 2007. But can he parallel park?
posted on May 1, 2007 - 9:51am
QUEST Vol. 14, No. 3
My service dog Polo, a 2001 graduate of the service dog training organization Canine Assistants, has taught me many things. Above all, he’s encouraged me with his love and humor as we begin each day. These stories (and more online) are from Quest readers with service dogs, as well as from several people who received dogs from Canine Assistants. Their stories exemplify the many attributes of...

Dogs aren't the only option for service animals

posted on July 1, 2006 - 9:47am
QUEST Vol. 13, No. 4
Most service animals are dogs, trained to offer different types of assistance to people with a variety of disabilities — from vision or hearing impairments to emotional or medical problems. But there are other types of service animals that retrieve dropped items, open and close doors, push the elevator buttons and pull wheelchairs for people with physical disabilities such as those caused by...
posted on July 1, 2005 - 1:32pm
QUEST Vol. 12, No. 4
Everyone strives to remain independent throughout life but none perhaps as passionately as the teenager who tastes independence and makes empowering life choices for the first time. Adolescence is no different for Middle Tennessean Josh Hamby, 18, with one exception. Josh has a partner.
posted on July 1, 2005 - 1:31pm
QUEST Vol. 12, No. 4
Once upon a time there was a pup named Chance. Tail between his legs and trembling with fear, there he sat on the cold concrete, wondering what he’d done to deserve this life. He looked over to his questionable cellmate, Spike, for answers, which came in the form of a growl. Backing off, Chance decided to get used to his new life. Chance’s fate was about to change, thanks to Gayle Woods of Tucson...