Staff Sgt. Anthony Houston, of Detroit, and Staff Sgt. Travis Gilbert, of Rockford, Mich., both from the Michigan Army National Guard’s 1225th Corps Support Battalion, which recently returned from Kandahar, Afghanistan, watch 3-year-old therapy dog, Lugnut, do a trick Aug. 4. Welcome Home Dogs, a volunteer organization of handlers and dogs, recently started visiting Camp Atterbury soldiers as they work through the mobilization and demobilization process. Photo by Jill Swank

Paging Doctor Fido! The Healing Power of Therapy Dogs

Curling up with a canine companion is definitely one of life’s purest and most simple pleasures. How many times have you wished you could bottle that wonderful feeling of comfort and peace that comes from petting a dog… Read More

Poodle assisting her human near Pike Place Market, Seattle. By Lisa Norwood.

Service Dogs: Making a Daily Difference

We all know that dogs are capable of learning and performing some pretty amazing and impressive tricks. What some people aren’t as familiar with are the services dogs are capable of learning and executing and the lives they… Read More

The Plight of the Pit Bull

The good news is that the majority of pit bulls, rescued or otherwise, have great temperaments, and even those who have been poorly trained or abused can often be successfully rehabilitated and even go on to become service or therapy dogs! Resilience and determination are hallmarks of the breed and enable them to rise above the challenges that are thrust upon them and to overcome both physical and mental anguish while retaining their amiable nature and pleasant dispositions.