At the beginning of my journey with the Standard Poodle, I was introduced to a wonderful organization - Fidos For Freedom. It is filled with the most amazing, caring, brave people I have ever met. Because of them I have gone on to meet others and donate puppies all over the country to similar organizations.
These people and their dogs extend a helping hand to their fellow human who either have a mobility or hearing impairment. They care for and train dogs of all different breeds and sizes who will someday live out their lives as assistance dogs for those in need. There is so much to say on this subject that I hardly know where to begin. I urge you to look up the nearest organization in your area and find out how you can help, no matter how small.
What Can I Do?
There are so many things those in the community can do to aid in this wonderful cause. As one can guess, donations are always welcome as well as volunteering your time as a puppy raiser or trainer (if approved). Many of these fine organizations have youth programs and community events to get those in the neighborhood involved.
Can a dog REALLY help someone that much?
YES! YES! YES! For those in a wheel chair or scooter life might be limited to as far as they can reach, if even that far. To have a well trained service dog beside you means being able to open the door in front of you, reach something on the shelf or counter, take off your own shoes, socks, jacket etc. A dog beside you means help getting out of your chair as the dog braces in front of you, it means picking up those keys that just fell or grocery shopping alone.
For those with hearing loss whether partial or full, a hearing dog is literally their ears. A hearing dog will alert their owner if someone calls their name, a horn blares, a fire alarm goes off. Is the phone ringing? Is the baby crying? These dogs help in so many ways that they become invaluable to those who love them.
Why doesn't the whole litter become service dogs? Well, being volunteer organizations, resources are limited. It takes puppy raisers to raise them, and trainers to train them. And of course money to pay for food, equipment, vet care, etc. Also not all puppies are meant to be service dogs. So we will be looking for the right homes for the other ones. Homes that want to be involved with the dogs, whether it be conformation, obedience, therapy visits, agility, hunting, flyball or tracking. The standard poodle is a working dog, and excels at most everything.
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