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Join Susquehanna Service Dogs for the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

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These eleven service dogs in training are ready to walk! Susquehanna Service Dogs (SSD) is one of 48 organizations participating in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community on May 20 at HACC in Harrisburg, PA. Thanks to Highmark Blue Shield, which underwrites the cost of the walk, all the money raised by SSD’s walkers comes directly to SSD.

This is Susquehanna Service Dogs’ biggest fundraiser. There’s still time to donate or join the walk to support SSD to raise, train, and place service dogs.

How Susquehanna Service Dogs Matches People with Service Dogs

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In February, seven people received their new service dogs. Each person was specially matched with their service dog to make sure they’ll be a good fit.

The first time a person meets their new service dog is at Meet the Dogs. At that time, they don’t know which dog will ultimately become theirs. However, the matching process starts long before a person meets a dog.

Calling All Dog Enthusiasts! Canine Partners for Life Needs Your Volunteer Support!

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Canine Partners for Life (CPL) trains and places certified service dogs with persons who have physical disabilities, mobility impairments, and seizure and cardiac disorders, to increase their independence and quality of life. By assisting its human partner with many physical tasks and providing constant companionship, a service dog can make the miracle of greater independence possible.

Meet Roxy, A Pilot Dog

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In December, we introduced VSP Global employee Renee Emmerson and her inspiring journey. Today, we’d like to introduce Roxy, Renee’s guide dog!

Roxy, a 2-year old Black Labrador, was raised and trained by Pilot Dogs, Inc., in Columbus, Ohio. When she was ready to graduate, Pilot Dogs taught Renee and Roxy how to work together.

Here’s what Renee says about her experience:

Top 10 Reasons to Raise a Service Dog Puppy

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Why should you raise a puppy for Susquehanna Service Dogs? SSD has ten reasons why you should raise a puppy to become a service dog:

The Impact of a Service Dog

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On May 6, we held our annual Graduation and Volunteer Appreciation Celebration. Twenty-nine dogs graduated, including two companion dogs, eighteen service dogs, seven breeding dogs, and two CIA K-9s. Congratulations to all our graduating teams!

This year, Kim Wiesniewski shared her family's story for our Graduation Keynote. Kim's husband, John, is partnered with SSD Slate. Through her story, you'll see how service dogs change more lives than just their partner's.
 

How a Service Dog Buys Socks

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Did you know service dogs can make purchases? SSD Colorado, one of Susquehanna Service Dogs’ service dogs in training, is practicing how to make purchases at Foot Locker in Capital City Mall in Camp Hill, Pennsylvania.

Colorado spent his first 18 months with his puppy raiser, who taught him 26 different cues and good house manners. For the past few months, he has been in advanced training with Susquehanna Service Dogs’ professional trainers, where he is being individually trained based on his partner’s needs. One of the specific tasks he’s learning is how to make purchases.

Susquehanna Service Dogs: A Grassroots Effort that Took Seed and Blossomed

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“Each person who volunteers their time in any capacity,” Pam Foreman, director of Susquehanna Service Dogs, says, “each person partnered with an SSD dog, each employee and each person who provides a monetary or in-kind donation of any amount makes this program what it is.” Harrisburg Magazine provides a "behind the scenes" look at Susquehanna Service Dogs and how little puppies become working service dogs.

Original article by Angelique Caffrey for Harrisburg Magazine

SSD’s Astronaut Puppies Launch Their Service Dog Journey

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3…2…1…Blast off! 

The seven puppies in Susquehanna Service Dogs’ Astronaut Litter have launched their journey to becoming service dogs! SSD Heide Piper (Heide), SSD Wendy Lawrence (Wendy), SSD Suni Williams (Suni), SSD John Glenn (Glenn), SSD Alan Shepard (Shepard), SSD James Lovell (Lovell), and SSD Neil Armstrong (Armstrong) are with their puppy raisers.

Vote for Your Favorite Susquehanna Service Dogs' Calendar Photo

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When you open your 2016 Susquehanna Service Dogs calendar, which dogs will you see? Will it be a wrinkly-faced little future service dog? Will it be a working service dog team? You get to help us decide which photos will be featured in our 2016 calendar!

From now until 11:59 p.m. on September 6, you can vote for your favorite photo on our Facebook Page. Please note that voting is different than last year. You can only vote ONCE in the entire contest, so make sure you pick your absolute favorite photo!

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