EL PASO—A hot-button issue, it is. I’ve hesitated several weeks even bringing this up, since it hits so close to home. But events add weight to an old question: Are we fully using the intelligence and the loyalty potential of animals, especially pet dogs, in our daily lives?
Got to thinking of it after reading a recent El Paso Times story about how a Las Cruces boy with muscular dystrophy is scheduled to get a trained service dog next year from a special nonprofit that’ll truly give him a leg up in Life. The dogs adopt their masters, in this instance.
John-Dylan Cully is to receive the animal from Canine Assistants, based in Georgia. Selected dogs such as Golden Retrievers, Golden Labradors and Golden Doodles (retriever-poodle cross), attend classes in a special school that’s part of a 20-acre farm in Milton, GA.
Graduation on this class isn’t until sometime near the end of next summer, however; that’s when he’ll get his gift. Corporate sponsors for John-Dylan’s Canine Assistants’ $20,000-plus project are Sam’s Club and Milk-Bone. The donation was made in a special ceremony March 15 at a Sam’s in El Paso. The El Paso Times story on it is linked here.
After graduations John-Dylan will spend some special time at the Georgia facility and that’s when the selection is actually made. Dog chooses boy, in this case. A special bonding occurs. Most of us have felt that from a pet, right? Continue reading