Tuesday, February 24, 2009

Susquehanna Service Dogs

These dogs can pick up quarters without swallowing them. They can open and close doors and turn light switches on and off. They can empty the dryer. They can pull a wheelchair, retrieve drinks from the refrigerator, find a cordless phone and become invisible in restaurants.

No, they don't have superpowers, but they do have special skills. They are Susquehanna Service Dogs, specially trained to serve the individuals they're paired with.

These service dogs assist individuals to lead richer, more independent lives. A woman who needs a cane to walk may have to focus all her attention on watching her steps, but with the support of an SSD balance dog, she can lift her head and greet the people she meets. Another service dog may assist his partner by accepting packages at the grocery store, allowing his partner to become more independent. Each dog receives special training to assist their partner with their unique needs, and each dog does what dogs do best - provide love and companionship and help individuals lead rich, full lives in the community.

Be sure to check out the Susquehanna Service Dogs at PawsAbilities 2009 as they demonstrate their skills. Children can also meet the service dogs in the PawsAbilities Kids' Area, where they'll learn how to approach dogs and how to "dress" a service dog and take him for a walk.

For more information about the Susquehanna Service Dogs, visit our website.

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