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Canines for Service Empowering people with disabilities to achieve greater independence

Canines for Service Honored at White House, Dog Bless You Helps Provide Veterans with Service Dogs and Chords for a Cause Inspires Giving through Music

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In His Own Words. Thanksgiving, a time to give thanks for the harvest and the fruits. It is also the beginning of the holiday season whether you celebrate Christmas, Hanukkah, Kwanzaa or nothing at all. This is the time of year I reflect back on what we have accomplished and start to look forward to the New Year. While many non profits continue to struggle we have been blessed with the support from our communities. It has not always been easy, but with diligence and some creative management of our resources, it has been a better year than the previous. We have had many changes. We have lost staff and gain new members of our team. With each change it has been a time to reflect on our mission and the need to continue to maintain high standards of excellence to provide the best possible services we can. The focus continues to be on the clients we serve and if we lose sight of that, then we have lost sight of the importance of the work we do. The beginning of the year brought a new found friend after receiving an invitation to a New Year’s Eve gathering. Little did we know that the introduction that took place would result in Canines for Service being part of one of the most incredible musical event the Wilmington community hosts. Meeting Dr. Damian Brezinski and his wife Suzi and being honored to be a benefitting organization for the Chords for a Cause concert has continued to be a blessing to our programs and the people we serve. We await word in December as to the gifts this event has provided to help us continue to train and place service dogs and train people in our community as Canines for Therapy teams. Also the new year presented a very exciting opportunity as Canines for Service was selected as a top 20 finalist in the Joining Forces Community Challenge. A visit to the White House meeting Mrs. Obama and Dr. Jill Biden was a very special time for the Canines for Service team. The recognition on a national level is a testament to the innovative work our team is doing to serve Veterans. As Memorial Day approached our team was working on grants and connected us with a great social media opportunity with the Dog Bless You Spirit of ‘76 campaign. Countless hours of social media promotion, an important part of doing business in today’s environment, resulted in one of the single largest grant awards we have received. This funding will help to provide five Veterans with service dogs over the next months through the Canines for Veterans program. Titus continued his role as the official bat dog for the Charleston RiverDogs and enjoyed every moment of the spotlight as he retrieved bats during Friday Military Appreciation games. He can be the ultimate performer; the more the crowd cheered, the faster Titus would run. Being part of the RiverDogs has provided a great opportunity to share the mission of Canines for Veterans. Summer found the team in Wilmington developing the Canines for Therapy Instructors Workshop. Thanks to the hard work of Megan Crayton, Joe and Nanc Stoner, the first 3-day intensive workshop was held in early August to train pet obedience business owners how to train their clients as Canines for Therapy teams. This is an opportunity for Canines for Service to expand its reach and scope in other

communities. The second workshop will be held in February 2013 and is already approved as continuing education credits for professional pet trainers. Summer also found Laura and Pat hard at work on the Assistance Dogs International (ADI) accreditation pre-packet. Every procedure that defines how Canines for Service trains and certifies our service dogs and how we assess, train and follow-up with our clients was collated and submitted to the ADI accreditation review committee. Our site survey was conducted in early October to a very positive initial report. The final decision of the ADI accreditation team will be presented to us in mid December. The process was intense but was an important and necessary step in the growth and development of the organization. After months of work the new Canines for Service video was unveiled at Chords for a Cause with special thanks to Sheila Brothers and Ashton Blessings for their endless hours of editing to make it happen. If you have not seen it you can do so by visiting our website or YouTube, but make sure you have your tissue box with you. And, while you are watching videos, don’t miss the Spot On feature generously donated by one of our supporters about the Canines for Therapy and Canines for Literacy programs. This fall we worked along side the General Federation of Women’s Clubs of South Carolina with their Paws in Action campaign to raise funds for the Canines for Veterans program. From late September to early November, Titus and I traveled to many of the SC fairs. We are thankful for the opportunity to share the work we do and our service to our Veterans. Fall also found us giving briefs to thousands of Federal employees in the Combined Federal Campaign. Thanks to both Janet Charbonneau and Laura Conn for stepping up to help with these even if public speaking is not their most favorite thing. In This Issue As this busy and exciting year comes to a close I am thankful to the many people who have touched my life and continue to make my passion a reality. I have often said I would train one service dog at a time if I had to but I am blessed to know the mission has grown larger than just my dream. To see the passion for training service dogs and helping others ignited in the next generation is one of the most rewarding accomplishments of this year. Wishing you and yours a season of joy and a very Happy New Year.

Joining Forces Community Challenge ..3 Chords for A Cause ..4 Funders..4 Walk—Because We Can..5 Donor Acknowledgement..6 A Tale of Giving and Receiving..8 Assistance Dogs International Accreditation..9 Changing Lives Four Paws at a Time..10 Four Paws Making a Difference..11 Separation Anxiety..13 Access It’s the Law..14

Merry Christmas,

Dog Bless You 14

Rick Hairston

Pets Helping People..15

& Titus

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Joining Forces Community Challenge In April Canines for Service representatives, Rick and Pat Hairston, had the honor of being at the White House for the first anniversary celebration of Joining Forces. In April 2011, First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden launched Joining Forces, a national initiative to support and honor America’s service members and their families. The initiative aims to educate, challenge, and spark action from all sectors of our society — citizens, communities, schools, non-profits, faith-based institutions, philanthropic organizations, and government — to ensure military families have the support they have earned. Canines for Veterans, a program of Canines for Service, submitted application and was selected by a panel of judges as a top 20 finalist in the inaugural year of Joining Forces. In March the invitation to the White House was received including a day of touring the east wing and Pentagon followed by a reception hosted by Mrs. Dempsey, the wife of Chairman of the Join Chief of Staff General Dempsey. To say this was an honor is almost an understatement.

U.S. Army Capt. Leslie N. Smith, Ret. and Service Dog Isaac meet Mrs. Obama

Arriving in Washington DC on Monday evening, the Hairston’s had no idea what to expect. As they approached the White House on Tuesday, security was tight and the list of restricted items long. But, having made their way through security, a self-guided tour of the east wing awaited with representatives from the 19 other organizations. Awed to be in the presence of the greatest men and women in the country, the White House was a beauty to behold. Spectacular views, inspiring photographs and paintings and beautiful decorations; truly a treasure to the American people. Upon stepping into the East Room, a calm quiet presence seems to take over and realizing that seven Presidents’ have lain in state in this room leaves one feeling touched by a higher power.

Departing from the White House and onto the Pentagon for a tour led by members of the Armed Forces, walking backwards 90% of the time, one is again awed by the history contained within those walls. Towards the end of the Pentagon tour, the group was escorted to the area that was destroyed on 9/11. While completely rebuilt, there is a solemn presence in this area of the Pentagon. The day concluded with a briefing that introduced the five winners of the Joining Forces Community Challenge and the People’s Choice winner and then a reception in the Chairman’s dining hall.

Board of Directors Jim Ware, Chair Janet Charbonneau, Vice-Chair Deborah Crowder, Treasurer/ Secretary Steve Jaffe

Staff Rick Hairston, President & CEO Pat Hairston, Program Manager Laura Kranchalk, Office Manager Laura Conn, Instructor-Service Dog Technician Caroline O’Brien, Trainer—Canines for Service Penny Perry, Admin. Assistant

Trainers Megan Crayton– Volunteer Joe Stoner—Volunteer Nanc Stoner—Volunteer

Newsletter Pat Hairston

Member of Candidate Member, Assistance Dogs International Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Association of Pet Dog Trainers International Association of Canine Professionals Network for Good North Carolina Center for NonProfits Reading Education Assistance Dogs®, Affiliate program

Wednesday the security was equally as tight as the prior day and the Joining Forces Community Challenge representatives were escorted to the Blue Room upon arrival and security clearance. On this day, cameras were allowed and we were able to take some photos of the treasures of our country. Mingling with the other winners and sharing our work, connecting to better serve our military members and their families. Anticipation was high and the group was not disappointed when First Lady Michelle Obama and Dr. Jill Biden arrived for a group photograph. Following the photograph Mrs. Obama personally greeted and talked with every representative thanking each of us for our work including Service Dog Titus who snuck in a kiss for the First Lady. Gracious is the word to

describe Mrs. Obama. She was genuinely interested in each of the people and groups there and wanted to take the time to talk with them. A ceremony was held on the south lawn and while it was a cold spring D.C. day, the excitement of being there was worth a few shivers. Nothing can begin to describe the feeling of hearing the National Anthem sung by U.S. Air Force Sgt Angie Johnson on the south lawn while standing outside the White House; chills and tears. Following the ceremony people were given an opportunity to meet Mrs. Obama. Once again, her graciousness was what (Continued on page 4)

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struck us. She wanted to take all the time that was necessary to meet and speak with her people. Mrs. Obama’s last stop was to meet Cpt. Leslie N. Smith, U.S. Army, Retired and a recipient of Isaac, a Canines for Veterans service dog. Their moment was brief but truly reflected Mrs. Obama’s concern, appreciation and caring for our service members. The trip to Washington DC was an honor. For us, it is about the people we serve, improving their lives with the gift of a quality trained service dog. But, it is moments like the White House experience that we realize our work has gone beyond our community and is seen nationally for the quality of the service dogs we are providing and the integrity of our standards that places us in these spotlights. Dr. Jill Biden with Rick & Pat Hairston and service dog Titus

What happens when you mix together a dedicated team of volunteers, lead by an incredible community leader, the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra a guest conductor, the Hoggard High School Voyagers and two headlining artists? A magical evening of music and celebration all for the benefit of two local organizations, Canines for Service and the Betty H. Cameron Women’s and Children’s Hospital. Even Hurricane Sandy could not stop the power of music for charity on a windy, rainy evening in late October. Chords for a Cause is the brain-child of Damian Brezinski, a local cardiologist, music lover, husband, father, and friend to many. "Music has the power to transform lives. Each and every one of us can remember a moment when a song or a piece of music moved us to tears or effected us in ways we cannot fully comprehend. Our life experiences are accompanied by our own personal soundtrack. Sometimes just hearing a tune creates a flashback of our most vivid memories," -Damian Brezinski, M.D. Cardiology - Wilmington Health This team began working last February and as the event neared the intensity of their commitment culminated in close to 72 hours of constant physical and mental dedicated ensuring a successful event. This years performers were Edwin McCain and Vanessa Carlton with the Wilmington Symphony Orchestra with guest conductor Rudi Schlegel and the Hoggard High School Voyagers. The evening was spectacular, even with Hurricane Sandy threatening to dampen the event. Chords for a Cause demonstrates that when you "give to the world the best you have, the best will come back to you" (Madeline Bridges).

Funders Bonner Family Private Foundation, Inc. Henry W. Bull Foundation Cape Fear Area Combined Federal Campaign Cape Fear Chapter of the National Defense Transportation Association CarolinaEast Foundation Coastal Carolina Combined Federal Campaign Community Health Charities Of NC (Onslow County Combined Federal Campaign), a direct charitable activity of the Annenberg Foundation Federation of Women’s Clubs of South Carolina Hueston Foundation Inc. International Paper Foundation

Jared C. Fox Foundation The Landfall Foundation Marino Family Foundation within the Raymond James Charitable Endowment Fund North Carolina State Employee Campaign Ray Rowe Trust for Animals Schwab Charitable Fund Grant Team Charleston Spouses Club The Brown Foundation The Exchange Club of Charleston ThreeSpokes Fund of Triangle Community Foundation Triangle Community Foundation, Inc. United Way of the Cape Fear Area Wilmington Woman’s Club

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Walk—Because We Can

Mike Spencer Photography

The 6th annual Walk for Those Who Can’t was held on March 26, 2012. A special thank you to all the walkers, teams, supporters, sponsors and volunteers. Collectively just over $60,000 raised in cash and in-kind donations. We could not have done this without you! Truly it took a village and thankfully the rain held out so that we could enjoy the day. While the rain held off for the approximately 225 people and 200 dogs that walked with us, it was a reason for lower attendance than we had hoped for. This year, a new feature was added with vendors who included Dog Connection Inc., Kona Ice of Coastal Carolina, Mike Spencer Photography, Nature's Select of Coastal Carolina, Normans Books, Pampered Chef—Jesse Watts, Paw Beach Pet Resort, Splish Splash Dog Wash, The Pet's Pal Inn, Unleashed– The Dog and Cat Store, Wasting Time Pet Services, Wilmington Animal Healthcare, and Woof 4 Dog Gifts. Attendees really enjoyed visiting with local businesses and learning about services available. Hospitality was sponsored by Port City Java, Indian Springs Water, Bagel Basket, Milners Catering, Harris Teeter, Costco, Walmart, Food Lion, Lowes Food, Italian Gourmet Market and Café and Judy Girard & Richard Karron. We had so much fun seeing old friends, making new

ones and meeting the myriad of dogs that came out to see us. It is hard to believe but we have alConnie Knox Photography ready begun planning the 2013 Walk for Those Who Can’t. The event will once again be held at Hugh MacRae Park in Wilmington and this year in addition to the walk and vendors, we are adding a two (2) mile dog dash. This will give owners and their dogs a chance to run a short course together . Photo by Anmara

Are you interested in helping? We are currently seeking sponsors at all levels, vendors and volunteers. The event will be held on March 23, 2013. For more information visit our website at

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Donor Appreciation. Nov 1, 2011 – Paw Print Susan Boykin Phyllis Millette Furry Friend Mary Lou Baker Eric Barkalow Robert Barkalow Lindsey Brasser Louis Burney John Carpitella Joseph Connor Melissa Devane David Dickson Rebecca DiPietro Debbie Dornfield Maxine Elliott Heather Goldstein Frances Goodwin Margaret & T.E. Spike Gray Barbara Gromwalt Amber Hegler Sherron Herdtner Barbara Hoenig Michael Hyland Rhonda Joseph Doris Large Charles Leak Martha LeVasseur Dale Lockwood Dorothy Mathison John Noll Nicholas Paul Sam Pearson Earla & Mike Pope Sandra Putnam Kristine Ratayczak Paul & Julie Robert D. Robie Carolyn Rosenfelder Elizabeth Savage Martha Scarlett Susan Simonson George & Beverly Smith Cathy Steele Carlton & Shirley Swickley Virginia Taylor Dew Marcia Whiteside Sandra Whiteside Randall Woods Essential Power Systems LLC The Pet’s Pal Inn VFW Ladies Auxiliary 10624 Puppy Pal Susan Boisseau Sheila Brothers Elizabeth & Brent Dixon Pamela Donahue Peggy Dreyfors John & Janet Ensign Betsy Forrest Denise Greenwalt Winifred Harrison Christopher Hill Robin Jackson Brenda Kent Michael Mastrangelo Edward Mugford Allison O'Day Frederick Osborn Margarita Pate Guy Prosper Albert & Joanne Schroetel Tony Stone Red Bank Wine VFW Ladies Auxiliary 3433 Top Dog Jim and Jean Popp Peggy Thies Continuing Companions Sue Ann Almeter

John & Cheryl Beall Sheila Brothers Serge Carriere Cae Emerson Jennifer Garay Robert Hopson Francis & Mary Melia Mary Rife Heather Woody Continuing Companions-Canines for Veterans Katherine Feast Cindy Horton Pricilla & Bobby Watson

Foster Puppy Partners Disability Resource Center Debbie Overbeck Mary Beth Hosier Janet Quodomine Melissa & Jack Thomas Road to Emmaus

General Dana Allegro Karen Anderson Joann Anderson Neal Andrew Susan Apke Kathryn Ard Nicholas & Alison Arnold Daniel Bace William Badder Sandra Baker Kim Baldwin Robert Banham Michelle Bannon Landon Barker Elise Barksdale Lindsey Barnhardt Jonathan Barrow Mary Alice & Allen Baumgardner Amy Beausang Rebecca Bennett Jeffrey Berk Marsha Bird P.S. Bland Christine Blasingame Stephanie Blasingame James D Blount Cheryl Blundell Catherine Boettcher Pat Borror-Stier Martha Lee Brailsford Barbara Brower Colleen Burns Thomas Burns Dona Burrell Elisabeth Buschle Mary Elizabeth Butler Arlayn, Kevin & Mollie Calhoun Anne Marie Campbell Nina Carlin Cyndee Cathey Elizabeth Caulder Janet Charbonneau Patricia Clausi Madelyn Clow Tracey Cole Christin Cook Wally Core Sandra Corson Jeremy Coyle Frank Crandall Catherine Crews Susan Crispell Deborah Crowder Valentina Cugnasca Cheryl Culbreth Joanna Davis Emily de Andrade Lenwood Dean

Galen Decker Bobby Deignan Joseph Delahaut Rosalinda Desocmo David Dickson Elizabeth Dixon Robert Doleman Barbara Duncan LF Eason Christopher Edinger Karen Emmerson Katherine & Walter Engle Beverly Esser Judy Fersch Sarah Filippini Christine Finney Ted Fishman Ed Fletcher Lindsay Fletcher Kathi Fogleman M.S. Fontaine Rhoda Freer Peter Frentzel Jane Galasso Phillip Galloway Meghan Garner Lance & Beth Germani Jamie Getty Robin Giangrande Roger & Linda Gibbons Judith Girard Jorge Gonzalez Eugene & Susan Good Elizabeth Goozh Suzanne Goree Celeste Grant Janine Gray Denise Greenwalt Barbara Griffin Nicole Guite Ruth Guyton Angela Hall Jason Hall Kyle Hammett Rick & Pat Hairston Robin Hardy Alton Harris Clay Harris Lori Harris Rachel Harrison Margaret Hart Merritt Hartz Michael Hatcher Ronald & Catherine Hatchett Debbie Hayek Sandra Heeter Amber Hegler Nancy Heimke Jeryl Henderson Linda Hoover Sarah Huettl Barbara Hunter K Hybarger Stephen Jaffe Debra Jendrasek Betsy Jobe Jennifer Johnson Kristen Johnson Kimberly Jordan Myrna Joseph Margaret Kasper Cheryl Kanzinger Carolyn Kelly Joanne Kevitz Stanley Kilpatrick Sarah Kimbro Neviile King Lacey Kingston

Byron Kirkland Xeniya Klyachkina Heather Kopp Laura & Jay Kranchalk Carolyn Kranchalk Stephanie Ladd

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Mary Langford D. Jeanne Laurain John Lehman Phyllis Leimer Blanche Lloyd Beth Locascio Carol Lovejoy Claudia Lowe Robert & Martha Lurie Jason Ma Wendy Ma Dee & Rick Maier Jerrold Manne Christopher Matheus Anna Mattioli William McAbee Jeanie McCloskey Pearl McCormick Patrizia McCoy Bob McElroy Rebecca McGhee Jacky McGroarty Camille McKeon Theresa McKinnon Cindy McNally Nan McSwain Francis & Mary Melia Michael Mellon Wendy and Randy Miles Steve Mire Henry Mitchell Michael Mitchell Christopher Mock Lavonne Morgan Tracy Morgridge Charlotte Morse Mary Beth Mosca Pam Moser Kelly Motes Edward Mugford Karen Mullen Robert Mullen Richard Mullikin Ray Munford Jean Naughton Mary Nichols Betsy Nixon Cecile Noel John Noll Marcia Norgart Donna Norris Ashley O'Connor Gilbert Olds Marilyn O'Neill Kathryn Ormsby Frederick Osborn Debra Overbeck Dolores Overcash Whitney Parker Tom Parmenter Joe Pasquarell Kathy Pawlowski Tracy Payne Megan Peattie Rusty & Dot Pendleton Vickie Pennington Penny Perry D. S. Peterson Katie Pohlman Martha Porter Anderson Potter Heather Previn Erica Quick Richard Quick Haskell Rhett Glenn Richards Nicholas Riddle Linda Ricketts Lucia Robinson David Robison Nancy Rodrigues Erika Rosario Maryann Rosenstock Judy Royal

Vicki Russell Joseph Salmon Eugenio Sanchez Christine Sanford Kathleen Santino Martha Scarlett Inky Scherer Inky Scherer Victoria Schorsch Brian Schwaab Judith Scott Christine Sears Jody Sepich Jonathan Servoss Jeannette Shaheen Robert Sherrill Deb Shoemaker Joan Siffert Marion Murdoch-Small Kathleen Smith Gale Smith Mark Smith Michelle Smith Mona Smith Pamela Smith Virginia Somerville Karen Spivey Katherine Spivey Nancy St. Claire Marty Stanfield Basha Staub Monique Stenquist Cindy Sterling Susan Stewart Hollace Ann Struve Lynda Sullivan Joan Suzadail Bennie Swilley Julie Therkelson Melissa Thomas Jeff Toms Kelly Toms Thorveld Torgersen Rita Townsend John Turner Grace Unger Wayne Van Sickle Donald Vancamp Sarah Vancamp Joan VanCourt Hayden VonWald James Wallace James Ware Kirk Warner Priscilla Watson Marcia Weinberg Jeryl Wentworth Laura West Kristine Wetherill Katherine Wicker Sheila Wilkes Terri Willetts Ned Williams Ellen Willoughby Bubba Wilson Corey Wilson Meredith Woods William York Robert Young Airedale Rescue Group of SC Business Planning Coach Charleston Referral Exchange Dominick's Italian & American Deli Elliott Consulting, Inc. EQ Financial Consultants, Inc Estate of John Allen McDonald First Presbyterian Church of Salisbury Grace United Methodist Church Keller Construction Services, Inc Ladies Auxiliary - VFW 9509 Last Minute Art Show (Continued on page 7)

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Lindley Park Baptist Church MEDNAX Soluntions, Inc NC Society of Southern Dames Wilmington Chapter New Horizons Elementary School Norman's Books Paw Beach Resort PPD Development, LP Progress Energy Red Bank Wine Road to Emmaus St. Andrews Woman's Club Stewart Greer Associates Inc. U.S. Service Dog Registry Valentine B. Pratt Charitable Trust West Ashley American Legion Post 208 Westminster Presbyterian Church Canines for Veterans Frank Amoroso Beulah Bennett Elizabeth Berk Martha Lee Brailsford Ellis & Renato Caniglia Nina Carlin Kevin Carpentier Lelia & Douglas Chevalier Mr. & Mrs. C. Cheves Deborah Crowder Steven Dobbs Warren Elliott M.S. Fontaine Jane Galasso Lance Germani Janine Gray Doreen Guttenberg Whitney Hammett Caroline Hanna Sharon Hicks Annetta Horner Lester & Marcia Kanis Judilin Kerr Mr. and Mrs. Killingsworth Neville King John E. Laurino Neal Lawson Blanche Lloyd Jerrold Manne Charlotte Maxwell Jacky McGroarty Mr. & Mrs. Brian J. McMerty Francis Melia Mrs. Charles Mims Jerry Panz Heather Previn Janet Quodomine Claire Reinertsen Lucia Robinson Edward Schlott Albert Schroetel Leslie Smith Lynda Sullivan Mary Ann Taylor Kenneth Valentine Jeffrey Weintraub Connie Zdenek American Legion Post 368 Bethany United Methodist Church Women's Club Boiling Spring Lakes VFW Post 10400 Burrows Elementary School Design Marketing Inc. Dominick's Italian & American Deli Ferret Capital Management Inc. Jacksonville Civitan Club General Federation of Women's Clubs of SC McColl & Associates Inc. Tri-County Blue Star Mothers and Families VFW 10624 VFW Ladies Auxiliary 10624 Honorariums—Canines for Veterans Susan Gardner in honor of Shelly & Ann Smyth Mary & Cliff Tyndall Ray Goffio in honor of Leslie Smith & Isaac Mr. & Mrs. Dan Mosca in honor of Mr. & Mrs. John Burton Dr. & Mrs. Lindley Butler Mr. & Mrs. Jerry Cole Teresa Lea Mr. & Mrs. Si Rothrock Stratford Advisors

Mr. & Mrs. Steve Troxler Wayne Troxler Mr. & Mrs. Dave Wilson Bob & Ann Roskow in honor of Danny Cary Jo Cary & Tom Chock Mr. & Mrs. Larry Ford Mrs. Diane Franklin Mr. & Mrs. Bill Gray & Family Steven Hoke & Family Mr. & Mrs. David Mastrangelo & Family Mr. & Mrs. Kenneth Miles & Family Mrs. Charles Roskow Mr. Joey Roskow & Family Mrs. Denise Weatherly Miss Jill Weatherly Carol Swickley in honor of Steve & Lisa Haas

Honorariums Robert Barkalow in honor of Bob and Nancy Barkalow Robert Barkalow in honor of Dickson Baldridge Carolyn Beacraft in honor of Karen and Charles Reap Arlayne Calhoun in honor of Andrew Goodrich & Charity Walt & Mary Jo Conlogue in honor of Ruth Bennett Tozia Engleman Patty, Brian & Ana Dickson in honor of Pat & Rick Hairston Elizabeth Eggleston in honor of Troy & Maxine Wheeler Marian Elmore in honor of Dr. CC Fenno Jr.'s Birthday Dr. and Mrs. C.C. Fenno, Jr. anniversary Darren England in honor of Lynn and Ted Crosier and Kristi and Matt Crosier Mary English in honor of Jason & Meredith Howel Mona Fisher in honor of Alice Dziedzinski to Alice Sauer Phillip Galloway in honor of Melisa Gallison Mary Ann Harris & Emma Nord in honor of Pat & Rick Hairston Kelly Helbig in honor of Nathan and Braden Thomas' Birthday Michael Higgins in honor of Karen and Charles Reap Lib Hobson in honor of friends, family and colleagues Stephen Jaffe in honor of Anthony Jaffe Joan & Edward Johnson in honor of Pam and Dan O'Connor Edward Johnston in honor of Graham Tinsley & Esther Betsy Keller in honor of Charlene Boyd Landon Weinbach Barker Judlin Kerr in honor of Lt Col George & Lenore Kerr Chelsea Kramer’s Birthday Christine King in honor of Audrey Stanley's Birthday Laura & Jay Kranchalk in honor of Cape Fear Academy Admin Team Mary Langford in honor of Mr & Mrs James & Natalie Kenealy, Thomas Langford, Lauren Andres Patricia L. Lewis in honor of Karen and Charles Reap Susan Lofgren in honor of Dr. and Mrs. Laif Lofgren Billy Mitchell in honor of Dr. and Mrs. C.A. Reap Caroline O'Brien in honor of Carl and Helen Ornot Jeanette Raynor in honor of Karen and Charles Reap Joe, Donna, Mary & Anthony Repicky in honor of Pat & Rick Hairston Linda Ricketts in honor of Mildred H. Gilmore Marian Rippy in honor of Mrs. Dan Matthews Jared Lane Susan Shovlin in honor of Karen and Charles Reap Nancy Smith in honor of FDNY - c/o Danny Prince Ray Goffio Carol P. Shaner, RN. Happy nurses week. Nancy and Wayne Meconi Earl Sparks in honor of Karen and Charles Reap Merry Starkey in honor of Sgt. Richard Massimino Carlton Swickley in honor of Steve and Lisa Haas Melissa Thomas in honor of Several Clients Deborah Warner in honor of Cyrstal Walters Jennifer Weaver in honor of Nathan & Braden Thomas' Carol Wellford in honor of Mr & Mrs Donald Wellford Sandra Wood in honor of Caroline O'Brien Nancy Zapp in honor of Karen and Charles Reap

Memorials Ellen Allen in memory of Wendy Warren Geutry Donna Barnes in memory of Winnie Harrison Deborah Carney in memory of Winnie Harrison

Beverly Collin in memory of Winnie Harrison L. Burkhead in memory of John McDonald Neal Caldwell in memory of Winnie Harrison Pat Campbell in memory of John McDonald Melodie Dorsey in memory of Winnie Harrison Cae Emerson in memory of John Sanders Deb Dowd in memory of Margaret Ann McCall Rebecca Gilbert in memory of Anna "Beth" Ford Laura Grondin in memory of Winnie Harrison Jeff Harrison in memory of Winnie Harrison Mary & Gene Harrison in memory of Winnie Harrison Mark Hodges in memory of John McDonald Jane Kulesza in memory of Winnie Harrison Lillian Lawrence in memory of John D. Clark Carla Lopez in memory of Susan Kadala Candice Malaney in memory of Winnie Harrison Robert & Victoria Martenis in memory of John McDonald Mary Margaret McEachern in memory of John Daniel Clark Isabella Mims in memory Patti Kemmerlin CDR Calvin Paulmann in memory of Margaret Cameron Edge Eric Pittenger in memory of Barry Callari Alan Pratt in memory of Velentine B. Pratt Amy Reis in memory of Doc Brown from Buddy Jennifer Riker in memory of Betty Ann Sanders Michele Silmser in memory of Susan Kadala Patricia Nash in memory of Miriam Speicher Nancy & Nelson Smith in memory of Carolyn R. Shewsberry Lillian Smith Linda Smith-Vargo in memory of Bernard J. Vargo Anne Sutter in memory of Tracy Lynn Seme Roseann Taylor in memory of Winnie Harrison Romelle Van Sickle in memory of Lenore Van Sickle Kerr Linda Vargo in memory of Bernard J. Vargo Maria Viglucci in memory of Susan Kadala Jim Waters in memory Winnie Harrison Katherine Wicker in memory of Carl Ornot Cynthia Wicker in memory of John Clark Ellen Willis in memory Winnie Harrison Linda Yunaska in memory of LT Col George Kerr Linda Yunaska in memory of M. Lenore Vansickle Kerr Deborah Warner in memory of Kenny Leitch Holden Beach VFW Post 8866 in memory of Miriam Spelcher The Winston Salem Foundation in memory of Susan Kadala

Pet Honorariums Susan Gardner in honor of Casper Amber Martin in honor of Luke (Lisa Lanier's SD) Trish Raffel in honor of Lorelei Heather Waldron in honor of Murphy

Pet Memorials Neal Andrew in memory of Hampson Sylvia Ayers in memory of Barley Leo Battistelli in memory of Cherokee Vickie Bowles in memory of Bogie Lee James & Linda Brown in memory of Sassy Lucy Bush in memory of Stonewall Pat Butler in memory of Coco and Bach Laura Cogar in memory of Cedrick Sandra Darby in memory of Katie Deb Dowd in memory of Mason and Lady Cae Emerson in memory of Ruth Katherine & Walter Engle in memory of Bella and Tia Judy Fersch in memory of Town Beau (horse) Robin Giangrande in memory of Gracie Dawn Greenberg in memory of Bonnie Bear Henry & Beth Hawthorne in memory of Max Sharon Kay Hoffer in memory of Fly and Jessie Goldin Linda Hoover in memory of Nike Gela Hunter in memory of Sunny Tracey Kellogg in memory Marley Cheryl Kanzinger in memory of Lambert and Ripley Betsy Keller in memory of Mada Susan Lanier in memory of Smokey Jeanie McCloskey in memory of Cele Sally & Brooke Messerole in memory of Butch Robin Osborne in memory of Sammy & Ren Janie Paone in memory of Tanner Frances & James Parnell in memory of Corky Vickie Pennington in memory of Lacey Earla Pope in memory of Lydia Barbara Price in memory of Lacey, Charlie, Max, Cashmiere & Hunter (Continued on page 15)

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A Tale of Giving and Receiving A year ago, my husband Richie, our dog Catalina and myself volunteered to Canines for Service. We meet so many people who say “I’d like to do that with my dog” and then instantly express a doubt about the dog’s capabilities or a fear about their capabilities.

Judy and Richie with their dog Catalina our certified Canines for Therapy teams in the Wilmington Community.

So I’d like to tell you our story. We had all the usual doubts: what service would we do, what would it be like , was our newly acquired black lab capable of it, did we really want to devote the time…and on and on. But we showed up for the Canines for Therapy training course and from that point on we found ourselves being carried through it all one step at a time. We first shadowed a therapy team who service a hospice and a nursing home each week. It was an amazing experience to see their dog comfort each and every family member holding vigil for a loved one. Five minutes of smiles and dog hugs in an otherwise long day is such a gift to give. From that experience, we knew we wanted to volunteer but those venues didn’t “feel” right. I’m not sure why but we were told not to judge that and to tune into our intuition. We were advised to listen to our hearts AND to our dog. Catalina loves kids. The 3 of us don’t have kids in our daily lives, so we were drawn to the Paws Fur Reading program. We took the Canines for Service prep course for that for a few nights and then shadowed a team again. We took the next step and substituted in 2 or 3 schools when a team couldn’t make it. We were hooked. We’ve now had 6 children at Wrightsville Beach School and 6 children at College park school who have read to Catalina every week for the past year. Every single one of them read below grade level when they started and every single one of them improved measurably, many now at grade level. Did reading out loud to a dog SO improve their reading? Maybe not. Did reading out loud to a dog SO improve their confidence and their commitment to learning to read better? There is not a doubt in my mind. We learned from our initial shadowing to Hospice that Catalina was drawn more to the patient in the bed than to the visitors (yes the dog does tell you where they want to go if you just try different venues). Now we visit the oncology ward at New Hanover Hospital once a week. Depressing? Not at all. The thing the patients miss most is their dogs. They kiss her, hug her, laugh with her, tells us their dog stories…each and every week we leave there having had the most authentic, intimate, compassionate interface possible with another human being. Does it get much better than that? Today, as we wrap up our first year of volunteering, we are over-

whelmed at how it has changed our lives. To be supportive of a 3rd grade girl who has no self confidence to speak in her class but will trust us and a dog, to witness an English second language child really start to put all the words together because HE picked the book and he really wants the DOG to understand the story, to hear a child with autism read aloud when nobody thought he could read at all, to have the 5th graders at College Park school do a raffle “for Catalina” and raise $381 for Canines for Service, to putting a smile on the face of somebody whose future is unknown laying in a hospital bed….it doesn’t get any better than that. Who doesn’t have the time?

-Judy, Richie & Catalina

Volunteering Made Me Feel Right at Home I had recently moved from Raleigh to Wilmington to college at UNCW. It was the recommendation of my boss, Michele Godlevski, at Teamworks Dog Training for me to stop by and volunteer at therapy Megan Crayton and Sebastian, Service Dog in Training class. I didn't plan on starting volunteering until later in the semester, but I was so homesick for my own dogs that just having dog hair on me and being covered in slobber made me seem right at home. Needless to say, I made it about one week before I was in the office with my volunteer application :). I chose to come to Canines for Service for my "fix" over other places because they used positive reinforcement methods, and I was not too impressed with the other dog training businesses I had come across. Training service dogs was a childhood dream of mine, as well as dolphins and orca whales. I didn't know at the time I would end up (Continued on page 9)

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Assistance Dogs International Accreditation Assistance Dogs International (ADI) is a coalition of service and guide dog organizations throughout the United and States and the world. The purpose of ADI is to improve the areas of training, placement, and utilization of Assistance Dogs as well as staff and volunteer education. This group is comprised of non-profits that have worked together to define minimal standards of training for guide and service dogs and minimal standards for service and guide dog providers. About two years ago, Canines for Service (CFS) applied to be a candidate member of ADI, the first step in the accreditation process. Once accepted, CFS had to wait a year before beginning the arduous process for accreditation. So, what did it take? Close to 200 hours of preparation for the pre-packet of material that was submitted to the ADI accreditation review committee. This material covered everything about the organization from the 501c3 letter, by-laws, article of incorporation, to the standard operating procedures for determining suitability of the dogs for service work, documentation of veterinary care of the dogs, training, client application processes and client follow-up after they receive their service dog. After the pre-packet was submitted, the review committee then reviewed it for completeness and (Continued from page 8)

with a service dog, but it was still really cool just to be involved in the process. Volunteering made me feel right at home in Wilmington, and training a service dog has definitely forced me to grow as a dog trainer. Those are the superficial things. I've grown as a person, but I won't reflect on thoughts of how at this time because I am not completely sure because I am not done growing. I know giving up Sebastian and seeing his placement will be the times of exponential growth for me mentally, emotionally, and spiritually.. The most time consuming of my tasks is training Sebastian, a future service dog. I also teach therapy dog classes with Pat, Nancy, and Joe. I am "in charge" of the hands on portion where we focus on simulating scenarios and fine tuning basic obedience.

- Megan Crayton Note: Since writing this article, Megan has watched Sebastian move onto his advanced trainer and that day was a very difficult one for her. Megan has seen Sebastian on multiple occasions and their reunion is always joyous. “Deeds of giving are the very foundations of the world.” — Jewish saying derived from the Mishna, Pirkei Avot 1:2

requested additional information as needed. The review of the pre-packet resulted in the site survey being scheduled. Because CFS trains and partners about 50% of our service dogs from the Canines for Veterans program in Charleston, the site surveyor visited both the Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston and the Wilmington office spending about three (3) days working on the site review. The site review included a review of the procedures submitted in the pre-packet, interviews with volunteers, staff, Board members, and clients. CFS procedures and files were reviewed, service dog training observed in both locations and an outing in the Wilmington area with the service dogs was observed. It was an intense and exhausting several days but the initial feedback was favorable. CFS was also given some great feedback in comparison to the industry and we learned several key points: a) the Canines for Veterans program is the only military prison program in which the prison handlers start and complete the training of the service dogs including teaching the client how to work with their dog; b) CFS has the highest rate of success working with rescue/ shelter dogs being placed as service dogs; c) CFS has the most comprehensive, sequential training manual the surveyor has seen; and d) CFS is the only organization using a scoring system for assessing the readiness of a dog in training for advancement or placement. So, why is the ADI accreditation so important? For years Rick Hairston has talked about standards in industry. ADI is one step in defining standards of training for service dogs and all organizations submitting for accreditation are assessed to the same standard. Many of the military bases are requiring service dogs for our service members and Veterans are from ADI organizations and this past summer a bill was amended (HR 1637) which defined that the Veterans Administration requires service dogs for Veterans be from accredited organizations. Why are standards important to the general public? When you are shopping or dining, you should be assured that the service dog that just entered the building is not going to be disruptive to your experience or worst yet, cause harm to you or someone you know. As a client, the person needs to know their service dog has been trained to provide the services they need, that the dog is suitable to be in public and is healthy. Standards are important to all of us as providers, clients and the general public. Our Apology—The following donors should have been acknowledged in our December 2011 newsletter. Please forgive our error. Mr. & Mrs. Brian J. McMerty

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Four Paws Making A Difference In May, Ssgt Dean Suthard, USMC, Retired, made the trip to Charleston, South Carolina for an intense week of training with his new service dog, Esther. SSgt Suthard served as an infantry Marine and Marine Combat Instructor and recently retired after 21 years of service. In September 2004, while serving in the 1st Battalion 8Th Marine Regiment on his second tour in Iraq, he sustained injuries on combat patrol. These injuries ultimately led to his transfer to the Marine Corps Wounded Warrior Battalion East. Dean joined the Marine Corps in 1990. His career included deployments to Panama to assist with security during the turnover of the Panama Canal, humanitarian relief assistance in New Orleans after Hurricane Katina and three tours of Iraq. Service dog Esther, began her training as a service dog in the Wilmington foster program and was fostered by the Tinsley family before being transferred to the Canines for Veterans program less than a year ago. “You know how much we loved fostering Esther but thinking about all the people who have Dean and Esther’s first meeting poured time into her is amazing! She and her sister were donated; Canines for Service trainers met with us weekly or biweekly to teach us commands (in addition to being available by phone!); her Canines for Veterans trainers have worked with her for the past 9 months at the US Naval Consolidated Brig in Charleston; and she lived with a handler in Charleston who obviously worked with her constantly to get her ready for her big day!”, says Leslie Tinsley. “All because Rick Hairston had a dream and desire to help people and his incredible wife, Pat, supported him the whole way! Please consider supporting Canines for Service with your time or financial donation - they are absolutely changing lives!!” Esther will assist Dean with stability, walking, every day tasks and post traumatic stress. During his individualized team training, Dean, who relied on bi-lateral crutches for his mobility, let go of those crutches to rely solely on his new service dog Esther. About receiving Esther, Dean Suthard says “I would personally like to thank Canines for Service for Esther. She has adapted well to the family and we all love her. She has been

working hard and loves to go everywhere I go. Today we are off to the VA. Again, Rick and Pat thank you for bringing Esther into my life.”

A few weeks later in May, Lisa Lanier received her service dog Luke. Lisa had been waiting just over two years for her gift of independence and it came in the form of a sable Labradoodle. Lisa has spent her life beating the odds as a person living with osteo-genesis imperNew beginnings. Lisa & Luke on fecta, but it has not their first night together stopped her from much including the 1998 and 2002 World Championship teams as well as the 2000 Paralympics (wheelchair Olympics) team in fencing. Her fencing career came to an end after an injury, but she continues to swim multiple times a week and expresses her zest for life in her creation of craft items. Luke began his training as a pup in the Wilmington program fostered by Stacey Sears after being donated by Georgette Lynn of Serendipity Dry Pond Kennel. Brought up in a loving home, Luke became a family project and lead to Stacey’s dad, Kirk, becoming a certified Canines for Therapy team with their family pet. Just about the time Luke was ready to start his advanced training, Stacey was planning for her upcoming marriage and they both moved on to new life adventures about the same time.

The summer was busy with several Veterans receiving their service dogs. In July both USMC Veteran Brandon Porter and US NAVY Veteran Leila Chevalier received their service dogs. Brandon wanted his life to return to normal when he was returning to school in August and was hoping having his service dog would (Continued on page 12)

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make it a bit easier at the very busy community college campus. He was partnered with Service Dog Melchi, a Labrador-Duck Tolling Retriever mix that came from Francis Willis SPCA with striking looks. Melchi has already made Brandon’s life different, in good ways. In September, just a month into the new semester, Melchi is a constant with Brandon making navigation on campus easier. Brandon admitted it was the unusual night when he had a good night’s sleep. Now with Melchi it is unusual if Brandon does not sleep well. Just knowing the dog is specially trained for his needs by people who have taken the time to truly understand makes a difference.

Leila Chevalier applied for her service dog because she wanted to do more for herself. Having been diagnosed with MS and retiring from the U.S. Navy, Leila was always an independent person. Having to rely on someone else is just difficult. But in July her new helper came in the form of a blonde Labrador mix named Ezra. Ezra joined the service dog training program from Charleston Animal Society. After a very intense week of training made possible in part by Air Compassion for Veterans by flying Leila to Charleston, SC for her training, Leila returned home to begin her new found independence. Leila’s husband wrote to us shortly after they returned home. “Today

Leila had a good day and wanted to go to the beach and give Ezra a chance to play in the water. When we arrived, Ezra surprised us and decided to lay down in the water as soon as his toes became wet. He really had a great time. We were going to play catch with him, but we decided not to as there were too many distractions on the beach, including other dogs. So we decided to take a series of short walks and let him walk in the water. When we went back to the car, we stopped at the shower station and rinsed him off. He and Leila both had a great day today, thanks for helping to make that happen. He is helping Leila regain her confidence and getting her out in the world again.”

And in August, coming all the way from California, again thanks to Air Compassion for Veterans, was U.S. Army Veteran, Alex Nasukiewicz to meet his service dog Sela. Alex served during Vietnam, honorably discharged and after a civilian career, re-entered the Army. Years of service and training has resulted in trouble walking. Service dog Sela will be right there to help him now. Sela got her start in our civilian foster program before being transferred to the Veterans program to finish her advanced training.

Finishing out the year of service dog placements is Asher who transitioned from shelter to helper through Canines for Veterans. Asher was selected from New Hanover County Animal Services Unit in Wilmington, NC in 2011 to train as a service dog for a Veteran. After about 15 months of training, Asher was recently placed with his Veteran Sandy. Asher will help her with her daily living needs thanks in part from the Dog Bless You campaign. Providing a quality trained service dog to those in need takes an army of supporters. From the donations to support the program, the hours of training by the prison handler and the giving of time by volunteers to take the service dog in training on outings, many hands and hearts have touched each of the service dogs provided to our clients. Training a service dog is a testament that to give your must give up.

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Separation Anxiety and Your Service Dog It is not uncommon for a service dog to experience separation anxiety when not with their person. The explanation is simple, the service dog is trained to be with their person in order to serve the person’s need. So, when the person leaves the service dog, whether it is at home or taking the dog to the local groomer, often the dog will whine and not want their person to leave or exhibit behaviors that are not typical of the service dog. There are reasons a person may not be able to take their service dog or reasons the dog must be left. Consider a few of these situations: • • • • •

You are hospitalized for a procedure. The service dog must be hospitalized with the veterinarian for a procedure. You are going to a location unsafe for your service dog (e.g. a wild animal park). You are taking the service dog to a professional groomer. It is exceptionally hot and it is better for the service dog not to be in the excessive heat.

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Minimize your anxiety about leaving your service dog. If you are anxious, then your service dog will be anxious. Leave your service dog in a familiar place or with a familiar person. If you are leaving the service dog at home, be sure the dog is secured and safe, even if it means the ser-

vice dog is in a kennel. The last thing you want is to receive a call that the dog has been found away from your home having escaped. What can the person do to minimize the separation? When you must leave your service dog don’t make a big fuss over leaving. If you repeatedly say “goodbye” to the service dog or tell it “it will be ok” you may be causing anxiety for the dog. If you are hospitalized and someone is caring for your service dog, when it is appropriate, have them bring your service dog to the hospital to visit you. Your condition will determine if your service dog can visit and the length of the visit. When you return to your service dog, don’t make a big fuss over seeing the dog. A simple greeting followed by asking the dog do a task for you is likely the best options so you don’t re-enforce the anticipation of your return. Most of all, remember, your service dog was trained to serve you and some separation anxiety may occur when the team is not together.

Dog Bless You Canines for Veterans was thrilled to be selected as one of the organizations for the Spirit of ‘76 campaign launched by Dog Bless You,, a direct charitable activity of the Annenberg Foundation. From this past Memorial day though early Labor day, for each 1,000 page likes on the Dog Bless You Facebook page, they gifted the cost of a service dog for a veteran to pre-selected organizations. Compelling photos and stories of Veterans and service dogs were posted daily. One of the Canines for Veterans photos received close to 20,000 likes and over 3,500 shares. The Dog Bless You campaign boosted the fan base for Canines for Service by at least 50% in the first weeks of the campaign. As a recipient organization, Dog Bless You has funded five (5) service dogs for Veterans in a grant of $125,000. This was an incredible gift for the organization and the Veterans we serve. Over the months to come we look forward to the Dog Bless You service dog placements.

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Access, It’s the Law - It’s There for Business Owners Too Canines for Service offers the opportunity for business owners to receive training for themselves and their employees in service dog etiquette, including a review of the Americans With Disabilities Act and the state statute related to access by service dogs and service dogs in training. As more service dogs are seen in the community, business owners and members of the public might have questions about what a service dog is and what access is permitted. There are distinctions between service or guide dogs, sometimes known as assistance dogs, and therapy, emotional support or companion dogs. A therapy, emotional support or companion dog is a pet and does not have legal access to go wherever its person goes. While many people benefit from the emotional bond a dog can provide, the U.S. Department of Justice makes it clear that emotional support and therapy dogs are not service dogs and do not have access. Fully trained service dogs are governed by the Americans With Disabilities Act, which defines a service animal as “any dog that is individually trained to do work or perform tasks for the benefit of an individual with a disability, including a physical, sensory, psychiatric, intellectual, or other mental disability. Other species of animals, whether wild or domestic, trained or untrained, are not service animals for the purposes of this definition. The work or tasks performed by a service animal must be directly related to the handler's disability.” Service dogs in training are governed under state statutes. North Carolina General Statute 168 states, “An animal in training to become a service animal may be taken into any of the places listed in G.S. 168-3 for the purpose of training when the animal is accompanied by a person who is training the service

animal and the animal wears a collar and leash, harness, or cape that identifies Useful Links for ADA Information the animal as a service animal in trainADA Fact Sheet ing. The trainer shall ADA Requirements be liable for any damADA Update - A Primer for Small age caused by the Business animal while using a Service Animal In Places of Business public conveyance or Service Dog Access Video on the premises of a Air Craft Carrier Act, U.S. Department public facility or other of Transportation place.” Key to this Psychiatric Service Dogs: Emotional statute are provisions Support Animal vs Psychiatric Serthat the service dog vice Dog in training must be North Carolina Access Law identified, must be South Carolina Access Law under control of the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs trainer by leash or Guide and service Dogs harness, and must be Assistance Animal Law by State the only service dog For information about the ADA and public in training being hanaccess, visit the ADA Website or contact the dled. Further, the ADA Hotline at 800 - 514 - 0301 (voice) state statute is clear that falsely representing an animal as a service dog is a misdemeanor. As a business owner, what can you ask a person who enters your establishment? You can ask the person if the animal is their pet. You can also ask how the animal serves the person and the skills the dog can perform for the person. You cannot ask what the person’s disability is. Service dogs can come in all sizes and assist in many ways. What if the animal is disruptive to my business? If the animal is disruptive, you have the right to ask the person to remove the animal. Disruptive would include things like barking, growling, snapping, urinating or defecating in the establishment.

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“Canines for Service is here to provide educational services to our community about service dogs and service dog access,” said Rick Hairston, president and CEO. “More and more we are hearing of issues in our community about service versus therapy dogs. Situations like this will create problems for people who need and benefit from having a quality trained service dog.”

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Pets Helping People in Our Communities The Canines for Therapy program is an integral part of the organization. So often we focus on the service dog placements when our Canines for Therapy teams are out in the community everyday touching the lives of our neighbors. From visiting in the hospital to working with children in the schools and library, the hours volunteered are endless. All because the people want to share the joy their dogs bring to their lives with others. From little ones to big ones, the overwhelming theme is the bond between human and animal. From the smiles on the faces of the children and adults our teams visit with to the stories of how being a Canines for Therapy team has changed the live of the person on the end of the leash. From singles to couples and parents with their child, our teams dedicated themselves to making a difference in the lives of others. It is overwhelmingly one of the most positive experiences a person can have in their life. Come on and try it! You never know, you might get more than you give.

Here We Grow

Charles Priefer in memory of Bruin of Snow King Sonja Remington in memory of Woodrow & Tiger Carolyn Rosenfelder in memory of Peter Dwan Ruppe in memory of the Kings' pet Judith Sharpe in memory of Butch Eileen Steen in memory of Solomon - service dog of Mary Prillaman Joni Sturdy in memory of Demspey "Hill" Christy Sutton in memory of Maxie Joanne Tennille in memory of Maggie Gertrude Toldrian in memory of Murphy Brown Katrinka Webb in memory of Sasha Heather Waldron in memory of Murphy Best Friends Animal Clinic in memory of Anya Anderson Cooper Cox Dakota Orbase Dax Westbury Lexi Thigpen Maggie & Lorilee Everleth Parsley Stevens Children's Clinic in memory of Sunny the family dog Corporate Sponsor Saint Harry Barker Inc. Hero Harbor Services Partner Best Friends Animal Clinic Elementis Chromium United Insurance of America Urban Country Gifts-In-Kind Air Compassion for Veterans All About Dogs Candlewood Suites-Northwoods Carrabba’s Italian Grill CBS 10 WILM Dog Living Fairfield Inn—Charleston SC General Federation of Women's Clubs of SC Hagen for Pets Holiday Inn Express & Suites— Ashley Phosphate Charleston SC Jameson Inn—Wilmington NC Mandi Collier Photography

Myrtle Grove Animal Hospital Premier Pet Products Sunrise Broadcasting Sunny 1045 Toyota Motor Sales, U.S.A., Inc Wilmington Group Wilmington Orthotics & Prosthetic Fundraisers Charleston Riverdogs College Park Elementary School Federal Realty Investment Trust Last Minute Art Show Kelly Mitchell NYC Marathon Fundraiser Morpho Designs Studio NC Roadrunners Club Paw-lates Peyton Development, LLC Rayne Ventures, LLC DBA Ship and Mail Plus Ruby Tuesday RunRaleigh Races LLC Run for the Roses Sculptor Charter School South East Area Health Education Center Urban Country Designs Ltd. Veterinary Services A Country Veterinarian Animal Medical West Best Friends Animal Clinic Four Paws Animal Hospital Myrtle Grove Animal Hospital Needham Animal Hospital Wilmington Animal Healthcare Matching Gift Program Bank of America Bayer Health Care Match Bristol-Myers Squibb GE Foundation Give with Liberty-Liberty Mutual GlaxoSmith Kline Global Impact—Pitney Bowells Johnson & Johnson McKesson Foundation c/o JK Group Inc. Progress Energy Thrivent Financial for Lutherans Foundation Triangle United Way Wachovia Corporation Foundation Verizon Foundation Rescues/Shelters Adopt-An-Angel Charleston Animal Society Francis R. Willis SPCA IDOG Rescue New Hanover Sheriff’s Office Animal Services

Canines for Therapy is happy to announce we have expanded our Therapy dog program. Our goal is to enable locations throughout the nation to offer the Canines for Therapy program that we have perfected over the past ten years. The first workshop was held this past August which enabled Canines for Service to provide pet therapy training in Johnston County, NC and in Charleston, SC. Expanding with confidence is an important part of our growth and preserving our standards is key. “We expect a lot from both our canines for Therapy teams volunteering in the field and from the instructors teaching the course” says Rick Hairston, President and CEO of the organization. “Our therapy teams are some of the best trained and prepared for the work they will be doing in one of the only groups that can be involved in both the feel good visit known as an activity and the therapeutic visit working with a heath care professional.” Canines for Therapy is looking for quality instructors committed to providing comprehensive training to people and their pets to become certified Canines for Therapy teams. Canines for Therapy is hosting the next instructor workshop February 8—10, 2013 in Wilmington, NC. Upon completion of the program a certified instructor will be able to host Canines for Therapy Dog classes at his/her business and certify teams under Canines for Therapy. The pet obedience instructor can also earn 21 continuing education credits with CCDPT. Come grow with us! For information or email

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