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"How can I not raise a service dog?"
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Susquehanna Service Dogs puppy raiser Meghan Miller is often asked how she can give up a dog after raising it for 18 months. She and her husband gave up their first service dog, SSD London, in October 2014. Since then, she has seen how London has given his partner new independence, new responsibilities, and new dreams. 

Meghan and her husband are currently raising two more dogs to become service dogs. Now when people ask how she can give the dogs up, she says, "How can I not?"

"How Could I Not Raise a Service Dog?"

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Guest post by Meghan Miller. She and her husband have raised SSD London and are currently raising SSD Garnet and SSD Slider.
 
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It's the number one question I am asked as a puppy raiser for SSD. How long do you raise them? How much do they pay you? How can I get involved? And both my most frequently asked and the most heart wrenching: How can you give them up? 

I #WalkforSSD to Make a Difference

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Guest blog post by Nicole Slabonik. She and her mom are currently raising their fifth dog for Susquehanna Service Dogs.They're walking in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community to support SSD. Want to join them and #WalkforSSD? Sign up for the walk!

Why I #WalkforSSD in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community

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Guest blog post by Stacy Tarkowski. Stacy and her family are puppy raisers for Susquehanna Service Dogs, a program of Keystone Human Services. They're raising SSD Ellie. They’re walking in the Highmark Walk for a Healthy Community to support Susquehanna Service Dogs. Want to join them and #WalkforSSD, too? Sign up online to join the walk.
 

Why Raise an SSD Puppy?

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“The best part about raising a dog with SSD is the moment they put that puppy in your arms for the first time,” says Meghan Miller. “It’s incredible to know this little pudge is going to do something amazing, even if you don’t know what it is.”

Meghan is one of our puppy raisers. She and her husband Kyle raised SSD London, who was just placed with his partner in October, and they are currently raising SSD Garnet and SSD Slider.

Service Dogs: Living a Fuller Life with SSD Outback

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Guest post by Roger Hostetter, a US Army Gulf War Veteran partnered with SSD Outback

First, I would like to thank Keystone Human Services and Susquehanna Service Dogs for this wonderful program.

I am a US Army Gulf War Veteran with PTSD and other medical issues from my service in the Gulf. I received an Honorable Discharge from the Army in 1991, and I spent the next 17 years going from one mental health doctor to another. I forget how many I actually saw before being able to have the ones that I currently have.

Become a Puppy Raiser for Susquehanna Service Dogs and Change Lives

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Susquehanna Service Dogs is seeking puppy raiser families to raise puppies to become service dogs. 

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Susquehanna Service Dogs is seeking puppy raiser families to raise puppies to become service dogs. 

Susquehanna Service Dogs’ Lucky Dog Casino Night is a Sure Bet

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Join Keystone Human Services’ Susquehanna Service Dogs for Lucky Dog Casino Night, an evening of dinner, entertainment, and complimentary casino games. This benefit for Susquehanna Service Dogs will be held at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey on November 22, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., and tickets are available online.

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Join Keystone Human Services’ Susquehanna Service Dogs for Lucky Dog Casino Night, an evening of dinner, entertainment, and complimentary casino games. This benefit for Susquehanna Service Dogs will be held at the Sheraton Harrisburg Hershey on November 22, 2014 from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m., and tickets are available online.

Susquehanna Service Dogs' Team Training: Learning to Work Together

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After spending about 18 months with their puppy raisers and another 6-8 months in advanced training with our professional trainers, SSD Cobalt, SSD Kingston, SSD London, and SSD Outback are ready to work. These four dogs have been working with their new partners in Team Training since Monday.
 

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