Service dogs “lifesavers” for veterans

elaine | November 9, 2012

Service Dogs can be life saving to our veterans,but shrinking federal budgets and the sheer number of injured service members are overwhelming government programs, so there just aren’t enough service dogs to go around.
Colorado organization, Freedom Service Dogs(FSD) continues to rescue shelter dogs, custom train them and then provide them to returning veterans at no [...]

New Army policy could make it difficult to get service dogs

elaine | June 6, 2012

By Rebecca Ruiz(MSNBC)
One day this spring, Army Specialist David Bandrowsky, 27, played Russian roulette with his .38 revolver.
Bandrowsky planned to end his life, which had been at turns unbearable since he returned from a 16-month deployment in Iraq in 2008. He had been diagnosed with post-traumatic stress disorder, a traumatic brain injury and depression as [...]

Sled dogs allegedly slaughtered in Canada after Olympics tourism doesn’t pan out

elaine | February 1, 2011

100 dogs were allegedly shot and killed in Vancouver  after an expected post-Olympics boon in dogsledding business at an adventure company didn’t pan out.  Most died instantly, but others suffered according to a former employee at the sled dog company .
The gruesome event was described in documents awarding compensation to a worker, who claimed post-traumatic [...]

Air Force dog recovering from PTSD

elaine | August 3, 2010

An Air Force master sergeant says a military working dog is recovering from a case of PTSD after a tour of duty in Iraq.
Eric Haynes of Peterson Air Force Base says a German shepherd named Gina was a playful 2-year-old when she went to Iraq as a bomb-sniffing dog, but months of door-to-door searches and [...]

Breed ban focus of lawsuit in Denver and Aurora

elaine | May 18, 2010

Three people who say they need their pit bulls for their disabilities are suing Denver and Aurora for banning the breed.
The class-action lawsuit filed in federal court in Denver Wednesday seeks more than $75,000 in damages for Glenn Belcher, Allen Grider and Valerie Pitz. The cities have banned the dog breeds.
Grider is a Vietnam War [...]