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Canines Helping Humans: Clearing Up Misconceptions


Last updated 2/26/2020 at 3:57pm

Pictured are Gary Hart and his seeing eye dog, Teddy. Teddy is from "Leader Dogs for the Blind" in Michigan. (Courtesy photos)

Recently, I asked an expert: "Alexa, how many dogs are in this country?"

Her answer: "There are currently 15 million 80 dogs in the United States."

Whether or not you trust the proclamations of a voice-in-a-box, it's clear that we Americans love our canines. And we want them with us wherever we go – in planes, trains and automobiles.

Having completed more than 100 hours of canine obedience and therapy dog classes and passed three on-site tests in medical and assisted living facilities, my Golden Retriever Jasper and I finally attained national certification by the Alliance of Therap...

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