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If you're a regular here at the Acres' online home, you know that dogs helping people is one of our favorite themes! In fact, the canine's innate ability to help, love, and generally cheer up the human is the main reason we got into breeding Australian labradoodles in the first place. Our goal of raising, training, and placing the finest service, therapy, and assistance dogs is an ambitious one, to be sure. But every time we come across another incredible tale (tail?) like the ones we so often share with you here in DogBlog land, any doubt we have that we're on the right path is quickly dispelled, and we're reminded that all our hard work and dedication is absolutely worth it! It's critical, in fact, because so many people now depend on people like us, and on the dogs we are so blessed to work with, for their quality of life... and sometimes their lives, period!
ABC News Video
If you ask the Environmental Protection Agency, the month of May is Asthma Awareness Month here in the States, and for those whose asthma isn't life-threatening, the multigenerational Australian labradoodle can be a great pet, with its low- to no-shed coat. If you listen to the CDC, however, May is Stroke Awareness Month. And while we haven't read anything about dogs helping out in the specific instance of a stroke, we did find this story about the amazing talents some dogs have to sense other health conditions in their owners. Dogs that can detect changes in blood pressure and blood sugar, or even anticipate an oncoming seizure? Seems this isn't fantasy, but another unbelievable mystery brought to us by the incredible canine. Click on the image to watch this story about how these very unique service dogs are helping save their owners' lives. (Please forgive the intro commercial and keep watching for the story!)
"Puppy therapy – just in time for finals week."
We spend a lot of time at Aussie Doodle Acres brainstorming all the innovative ways our well-trained Australian labradoodles can serve, assist, and provide therapy in the vast array of situations we humans experience every day. Sometimes we stumble on a great idea we haven't thought of before, though, like all the ways dogs can help hard-working students as they make their way through college. Because time spent with our animal companions both increases our production of positive endorphins and decreases that of stress-causing cortisol, it's no wonder these adorable four-legged friends have found their way into finals week at campuses across the country. But would you believe there are also pet-friendly dorms, doggie office hours, and campus libraries where you can "check out" a canine companion just like a book? Believe it! Click on the image to read the full Huffington Post story, including the benefits the dogs receive during these sessions, and how one professor is seeking a grant to quantify the benefits these amazing animals bring to their respective campuses.
If you own a dog, chances are you may already know about some of the wicked websites and awesome apps out there made just for you and your best friend(s). Going on an extended vacation and don't want to leave your dog in a kennel while you're away? Find a real home to board your pooch in at DogVacay. Social networking? Check out Dogster, the social networking site for dog owners. Currently only you as a dog owner can use the site, but if research like this on what dogs think goes much further, soon maybe canines will be the ones with the smartphones, instant messaging each other and posting their own pics online! But for now, humans still hold the power of tech securely in their hands, so check out some of the coolest mobile apps available for those who can't do enough for their pets! Enjoy, and keep your phones away from prying paws!