Susquehanna Service Dogs

Puppy Sitters: Shaping Future Service Dogs

Guest post by Jean and Randy Hess, puppy sitters and volunteers for Susquehanna Service Dogs
We became involved with Susquehanna Service Dogs as puppy sitters in the spring of 2014.  Our initial motivation was somewhat selfish in that we wanted the joy of having a dog in our lives again but did not want to go through the initial puppy break-in period.   With both of us working full time and all three children gone from the nest, we did not want to subject a small puppy to being crated up all day. 

Puppy Raisers: We Have Gone to the Dogs!

Guest post by Revenda Bierley, puppy raiser and volunteer for Susquehanna Service Dogs

The Living Legacy of Major Wesley J. Hinkley

“Loyalty. Service. Commitment.” These are the words stamped on SSD Major Wes’s new dog tags.
SSD Major Wes (“Wes”) is named after Major Wesley J. Hinkley, who died on April 4, 2011 while serving in the U.S. Army in Baghdad, Iraq. He was a faithful husband, father, son, brother, soldier, and friend. Yesterday at Fort Indiantown Gap, we joined a group of friends, family, and fellow soldiers to recognize and celebrate Major Hinkley’s life and the future of the service dog puppy who now bears his name.

ADA: What Is a Service Dog?

For the past two days, we have been really focusing on the Americans with Disabilities Act (ADA) and the rights of people who use service dogs. Kristin Hartness, the executive director of Canines for Disabled Kids, has been visiting us and sharing her expertise to help us learn more effective ways to work with schools, children with service dogs, and their families.

Service Dog SSD Bridge Opens Doors

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Service dogs figuratively open doors for people, assisting them to participate fully in the community with much more independence. Sometimes, like SSD Bridge, service dogs literally open doors for their partners.

Graduation Day for 26 Service Dog Teams

When SSD Vicki walked on stage to be reunited with her partner Connor, her tail immediately started wagging. Soon her whole body was wiggling with joy as Connor hugged her.
Vicki is one of the 26 dogs that graduated last week in our annual celebration, graduation, and volunteer recognition ceremony. This is one of our favorite nights! It’s a night full of tail wags and happy tears.

Let's Go Places: Susquehanna Service Dogs

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Local Pennsylvania nonprofit Susquehanna Service Dogs, a program of Keystone Human Services, trains and places service dogs to assist men, women, and children to pursue everyday lives, including meaningful employment, education, and community life.

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Let’s Go Places traveled to Dauphin County to feature a local organization that is making a difference in the lives of those living with disabilities.

Fine Wine and Service Dogs: A Perfect Pairing


Join Susquehanna Service Dogs for the Perfect Pairing Wine Series. Held monthly from May through September, guests will enjoy wine tasting, good food, a winery tour, and a service dog demonstration. 

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Join Susquehanna Service Dogs for the Perfect Pairing Wine Series. Held monthly from May through September, guests will enjoy wine tasting, good food, a winery tour, and a service dog demonstration. 

Twenty-six Dogs Set to Graduate from Susquehanna Service Dogs

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Harrisburg, Pa., April 27, 2015 /3BL Media/ —Twenty-six dogs and their partners will graduate from Susquehanna Service Dogs’ program on May 1, 2015 at 6 p.m. at Dauphin County Technical School in Harrisburg, PA. This 2015 graduation ceremony celebrates the new working dog teams, including service dogs, facility and courthouse dogs, demonstration therapy interview dogs, State Police K-9 dogs, and companion dogs.

Susquehanna Service Dogs (SSD) will also recognize the volunteers who have contributed to the program throughout the year.

We #WalkforSSD to Give Back

Guest post by Gwen Wenger. Gwen, her husband Keith, and her daughter Emma have been volunteering with SSD in many ways for the past three years. Emma is partnered with SSD Kindle.


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