Service Animals

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 October 1, 1999 - 5:00pm
For Marybeth Waltman, a positive attitude is what sees her through her day as a government employee, community volunteer and wife. "I don't let anything defeat me," says Waltman, of Rocky Hill, Conn. "I get up in the morning and I know what I have to do."
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...
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.

Veterinary ophthalmologists are offering free eye exams to certified service animals through May; simple eye care tips also are recommended

posted on April 4, 2011 - 12:00pm
The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (ACVO) is hosting the 4th Annual ACVO/Merial National Service Dog Eye Exam Event this May. Thousands of service dogs will receive free eye examinations at participating veterinary ophthalmology clinics throughout the United States, Canada and Puerto Rico. Last May, more than 3,200 service dogs participated in the event. Registration is now open...

Canines that don't make the cut at other service-animal training programs are welcome at Phoenix Assistance Dogs

posted on August 26, 2011 - 2:15pm
From the moment Linzey Zoccola received her first service dog at age 16, she knew what she wanted to do with her life. Zoccola has type 2 spinal muscular atrophy and has used a power chair since the age of 4. She has always been strongly independent, but having a service dog was a revelation. Here was a creature that not only brought her joy and companionship, but also helped her perform tasks at...

For the fifth year, veterinary ophthalmologists in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will provide free eye exams for qualified service animals

posted on April 17, 2012 - 6:00am
Update (June 22, 2012) — The American College of Veterinary Ophthalmologists (AVCO) announced today that, with the help of 250 volunteer board-certified veterinary ophthalmologists, nearly 5,000 service animals were examined in the May 2012 event. Guide dogs, handicapped assistance dogs, detection dogs, search-and-rescue dogs and other service animals, including horses and a donkey,...

As your child's needs change, so will his or her school experience

posted on July 1, 2012 - 3:03pm
QUEST Vol. 19, No. 3
No matter what grade your child is about to enter this fall, you will have all the concerns of every parent — and a whole lot more because of your child’s neuromuscular disease. There are ways to make the transition to a new school year smoother — and MDA can help. Getting started Before the school year starts, make an appointment to visit your child’s new teacher and scope out the school. Talk...

For the sixth year, volunteer veterinary ophthalmologists in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico will provide free eye exams for qualified service animals

posted on April 9, 2013 - 5:46pm
Registration is now open for the Sixth Annual ACVO/Merial Service Dog Eye Exam Event, which offers free eye exams for service animals during the month of May.

Staying upright with a neuromuscular disease

posted on December 1, 2002 - 5:58am
Some people have nightmares about falling off cliffs. Brad Williams has nightmares about falling — period. “Whenever I’m walking, falling down is always the major thought on my mind,” says Williams, 39, of Alexandria, Va. “It has to be on my mind a lot for me to be dreaming about it.” Williams has Miyoshi distal myopathy, a slowly progressive form of muscular dystrophy that primarily affects the...