Monday, November 22, 2010

'Tis the Season for Giving Thanks

'Tis the season for giving thanks! With Thanksgiving just around the corner, we started thinking about all of the things we have to be thankful for. You, our volunteers and our donors are at the top of our list! Thank you so much for your support, dedication and generosity. You make it possible for us to continue training service dogs to change lives!

SSD Gnat is thankful for everyone who donated space to Susquehanna Service Dogs for Team Training. Gnat was paired with his partner and went through Team Training in February this year. He and his partner learned how to work as a team at the Dauphin County Conservation District (DCCD). The Pennsylvania Department of Agriculture generously donated the space at the DCCD so that the service dogs and their partners can bond and practice their skills before going out in public for the first time together. Watch the video of how well Gnat and his new partner bond when they first meet at the DCCD!

After several days of working together at the DCCD, SSD Gnat and his partner were ready to practice their skills in public. Thank you to the Colonial Park Mall, the Harrisburg Mall and the Whitaker Center for letting SSD Gnat and his partner and all of the other service dogs and their partners use your facilities to practice working together!

SSD Gnat and his partner took the public access test at the Colonial Park Mall, and now Gnat goes everywhere with his partner, opening doors and retrieving items. He has heard her say that having a service dog has given her her life back.

Please consider making a donation to support service dogs-in-training. You can help change a life, just like SSD Gnat changed his partner's life.

Donate now.

Thank you for your continued support! There are so many things to be thankful for this year. What are you thankful for? Please share your stories in the comments.

1 comment:

  1. I am thankful for the SSD dog who was in my life for almost ten years. Thank You, SSD