Courtesy of Pet Pals TV
I know, you love your dog, and wouldn't it be really cool if you could take him with you everywhere, like to a restaurant? What fun! Why not just go on line and order a Service Dog Vest and ID, afterall, you're not really hurting anyone, right?
Purchasing these bogus products is bad for several reasons..including you are taking advantage of a loophole in an operation that affords people with disabilities a special privilege.
A highly trained Service Dog completes a task for a human. They are necessary for the handler. They are not pets, per say, they are partners.
It's a complex issue and we'll uncover some more information that we hope you will share with your friends as well. Dr Sally Irvin, ICAN,(Indiana Canine Assistance Network) is also a board member on the International Board of Assistance Dogs committee. Join us as we delve into this complex issue. As Dr Sally says, 'just because you can do something, doesn't make it right'.
Click here to watch a video about ICAN client Yeahsen and recognizing fake service dogs.
The Broad Ripple Gazette recently did an article on ICAN client, Walt, and his service dog, Moravia (Mo). Written by Laura Minor, this article covers the process of training a service dog as well as how Walt and Mo came to be together.
By Nicole Misencik
Courtsey of WTHR
10-year-old Olivia Goldfarb and her ICAN companion Ally are best friends. Olivia says there's only one word to describe their connection, "It's amazing! She has helped me a lot, and really changed our lives." It's been a year and a half since Ally was partnered with Olivia, and Joan, Olivia's mom, says their bond was immediate.
"The first time they met we saw that spark and then in training it was just every day you saw this relationship growing, and you just like oh my gosh this is special," Joan said. Olivia lives with a rare genetic disorder, progressive degenerative disorder of the cerebellum. Before Ally, Olivia used a walker full time. Now, with Ally's help, Olivia's independence is growing.
Courtesy of Bloom Magazine, Feb/March Issue, 2016
By Barb Berggoetz
Herbie pulls Jenelle Dorner's wheelchair. She braces herself on the black lab's back to help her stand. She holds his harness for steadiness on short walks. When she points to an object, he brings it to her.
For four years, Herbie has been the Bloomington woman's crutch, her support, and her faithful companion. The 6-year-old service dog, provided by the Indiana Canine Assistant Network (ICAN), has made her life inestimably easier and safer. Dorner deals with muscle weakness, fatigue, seizures, and other chronic symptoms caused by mitochondrial disease, a progressive movement disorder.
To read more about about Janelle and Herbie, and other service dogs like him, click here.
Courtesy of WISH TV
INDIANAPOLIS (WISH) – Service dogs can be an incredible resource to people with certain disabilities.
Unfortunately, some people are taking advantage of the system and selling fake medical alert dogs.
Pet Pals TV is shedding light on the issue with ICAN.
To read the whole article, and watch a video on false service dogs, Click Here.