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Old 02-21-2013, 05:37 PM   #131
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I see more dogs at the VA these days. Evidently, they are being used to help Vets w PTSD. They wear vests - hope they are allowed the same access as guide dogs.

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I see more dogs at the VA these days. Evidently, they are being used to help Vets w PTSD. They wear vests - hope they are allowed the same access as guide dogs.
Service dogs usually are afforded the same courtesy as a guide dog in most places these days.
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My last trip to the VA in OK City i met a young lady with a service dog. We talked for awhile. She has a traumatic brain injury from an IED and has seizures. The dog detects seizures before they happen.
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Old 02-21-2013, 08:28 PM   #134
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I see more dogs at the VA these days. Evidently, they are being used to help Vets w PTSD. They wear vests - hope they are allowed the same access as guide dogs.
I'm sure they are allowed the same access. I think it would be illegal it not let them have equal access. They are therapy dogs.

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My last trip to the VA in OK City i met a young lady with a service dog. We talked for awhile. She has a traumatic brain injury from an IED and has seizures. The dog detects seizures before they happen.
Amazing, isn't it? Dogs have been used by severe diabetics to help the patient know when their blood glucose is dipping dangerously low. Incredible, isn't it?
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My last trip to the VA in OK City i met a young lady with a service dog. We talked for awhile. She has a traumatic brain injury from an IED and has seizures. The dog detects seizures before they happen.

Not that the cause of the seizures are the same, but this is a great article on service dogs for diabetics. I'd imagine the screening and training is the same. What's amazing is it's not just a cool thing for the dogs to do. No medical instrument can replicate a warning system for low blood sugar that a dog has built in.
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the usefulness of any dog is subjective IMO. while mine don't herd cattle or help the blind to see or anything like that, and few of mine are even large enough to do much damage to a BG breaking in the house. but i can say this, they bring happiness to our lives with all the attention and love they give us and are sure good at letting us know when someone is around. try getting within a 100 yards of the house and i will know you're there!

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Thanks. You just broke my heart. I have a soft spot for animals and I would no sooner harm or ignore an animal in need than a human in need. Truly, this made me very sad.
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Can you look a broken hearted dog in the eyes and say I'm sorry......

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Can you look a broken hearted dog in the eyes and say I'm sorry......
Absolutely. I can't say any of my dogs have been broken hearted since I've had them but I would scoop up any broken hearted dog I came across and find him somewhere to be happy again. I can't tell you how many strays I've brought home to give them a second chance either with me or with another loving home.

If I ever accidentally make my dogs yelp by stepping on a foot or tail or grabbing their collar and getting their long fur with it, I apologize immediately. I don't have to hit my dogs to make them respect me. They respect me and listen to me because they want to please me.
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Can you look a broken hearted dog in the eyes and say I'm sorry......
Absolutely! And cry.....
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