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  1. Not Your Average Dog: A valuable resource for those who recommend others get service dogs, or desire to train one for themselves or a loved one

    26 Apr 2019 | Posted by Myrna Milani

    You might think that this is a strange topic for someone whose integrated animal health, behavior and bond practice is dominated by animals with serious behavioral problems. You also might consider...


  2. A Beneficial Partnership for Everyone Involved: An Interview with Alyson Cox of NEADS

    02 Jun 2016 | Posted by Katie Carroll

    NEADS Manager of Communications Alyson CoxLike most service and therapy dog organizations, National Education for Assistance Dog Services (NEADS) puts an emphasis on their dogs’ thorough...


  3. A New "PHARM" Hand: An Interview with Jackie Allenbrand of PHARM Dog USA

    03 May 2016 | Posted by Katie Carroll

    PHARM Dog USA Founder and Director Jackie AllenbrandWhen a farmer is confronted with an illness or injury, his or her life and farming operation can take a huge hit.  The financial...


  4. A Real Win-Win: Saving Dogs and Saving Veterans: An Interview with Susan Hinkle

    12 Nov 2015 | Posted by Katie Carroll

    “I find it fascinating how a dog can change a person’s life,” said Susan Hinkle, Founder and Program Director of Missouri Patriot Paws. Missouri Patriot Paws Founder and Program...


  5. New Directions in Canine Assisted Therapy for Children: Our Entwined Future

    01 Dec 2014 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

      This is the last column in a series of ten written for Purdue’s excellent site, and I confess to being a bit emotional to be so close to finally completing this series. It has...


  6. New Directions in Canine Assisted Therapy: Spreading the Wealth

    25 Nov 2014 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

      As the field of Animal Assisted Therapy (AAT) for children emerges, so does the importance of providing appropriate therapy for all children diagnosed with an autism spectrum disorder. No...


  7. New Directions in Canine Assisted Therapy: Tales from Four Labradoodles, Part 2

    16 Aug 2014 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    North Star Blue The two labradoodle sisters I wrote about in my last column, Luna and Cocoa, have two lively brothers, Harry and Blue, which we are also placing with North Star children. I picked...


  8. New Directions in Canine Assisted Therapy: Tales from Four Labradoodles, Part 1

    15 Aug 2014 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    North Star Luna North Star Foundation is now in her fourteenth year of incorporation as nonprofit; to date we have helped over 200 children all over the world socially, emotionally and...


  9. New Directions in Canine Assisted Therapy: Developing Canine Bonds with Children with Autism

    22 Jul 2014 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    This column focuses on the still unfolding fate of four golden pups delivered by North Star Molly this time last year. Three of these pups are now working in our program with their carefully chosen...


  10. New Directions in Canine Assisted Therapy: Recycling at its Finest

    24 Jun 2014 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    My last column on failure is deliberately followed by this one, which highlights North Star dogs whose initial failure ended up just a bump on the road toward a better temperamental fit with a...


  11. New Directions in Canine Assisted Therapy: Correcting Course

    29 Apr 2014 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    "''CCI's Madison and Danny''" I have always learned more from my failures than my success, and this column is meant to show a bit of what we have learned from the...


  12. New Directions in Canine Assisted Therapy for Children: Rethinking Puppy Raising

    14 Mar 2014 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    ''North Star’s Mia and Savannah'' I first met Savannah many years ago, when she came to my home to pick up her first North Star pup for the raising; her grandmother had called me that very morning...


  13. Promoting Health and Wellness with the Human-Animal Bond: An Interview with Dr. Sven-G Hultman

    03 Mar 2014 | Posted by Angel Tobey

    Hailing all the way from Sweden, Dr. Sven-G Hultman was kind enough to grant me an interview about his work with the human-animal bond and his organization, the Swedish Caredog School. How it...


  14. New Directions in Canine Assisted Therapy for Children who Face Social, Emotional and Educational Challenges

    20 Dec 2013 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    ''North Star Luka and Isabel'' Every assistance or therapy dog placement we create at North Star is a carefully developed relationship between a child and a specifically bred and socialized North...


  15. Raising Our North Stars: Kumari's Puppies from Six to Eight Months

    03 Jul 2013 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    North Star's Rex and Amy Kumari’s litter is now eight months old, with four of these well bred and carefully raised golden retriever pups in the midst of being shaped to work with children on...


  16. Raising Our North Stars: Kumari's Puppies from Four to Six Months

    21 Mar 2013 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    'Jack and North Star's Nardi' Kumari’s puppies are now six months old! This tender age typically marks the beginning of adolescence with dogs, a time when commands formerly obeyed with...


  17. Raising Our North Stars: Kumari's Puppies from Birth to Two Months

    27 Nov 2012 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    by Patty Dobbs Gross North Star Kumari delivered seven healthy puppies on October 4th, 2012. Four of these puppies will be serving children on the autism spectrum as autism assistance dogs; the...


  18. Myth #5: Autism Assistance Dog Placements have Nothing to do with John Q Public

    08 Oct 2012 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    by Patty Dobbs Gross 'North Star's Hero with his boy Joel at Disneyland.' We should take a moment here to first review the various therapeutic roles that a dog can play in a child with autism’s...


  19. Myth #4: There are no Scientific Studies to Support Autism Assistance Dog Placements

    04 Oct 2012 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    by Patty Dobbs Gross The years tell us much of what the days never know. ~ Ralph Waldo Emerson 'Aaron and North Star's Bingo meeting for the very first time.' Anecdotally speaking, we have...


  20. Myth #3: The Biggest Danger from an Autism Assistance Dog is the Hit to the Pocketbook

    21 Sep 2012 | Posted by Patty Dobbs Gross

    by Patty Dobbs Gross 'Danny & Madison' Of the top five myths about autism assistance dogs that I will cover in this column, this myth is by far the most dangerous. If you partially believe in this...