Archive for the ‘Service dogs’ Category

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How to Train a Service Dog

Posted on May 30, 2020

September 29, 2019 by Emma Lunsford Click here for full article, Images and videos Every dog-lover knows the internal struggle of seeing a service dog with a “DO NOT PET” vest on. As hard as it is, it’s super important to know that service dogs aren’t defined as pets, but as workers. And for some people, they’re absolutely […]

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Living With EDS: Judgment from Others

Posted on March 25, 2019

“When you judge another, you do not define them, you define yourself” – Wayne Dyer Living with Ehlers Danlos Syndrome (EDS) is like being a doll that is stitched together but whose stitches are slowly coming apart at the seams.  You know it, you feel the pain but are powerless to stop it. You have […]

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Roslyn’s Quest for a Service Dog to Assist with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Posted on February 7, 2015

In response to one mother’s request for help, proposed legislation requiring insurance companies to provide coverage for the costs for service dogs will be considered by lawmakers in Hartford, CT.  Roslyn is navigating the process of obtaining a service dog for assistance with her EDS needs. The community is rallying behind her! By Kathleen Schassler, The […]

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Ehlers-Danlos Service Dog is Nominated for Kennel Club Award

Posted on January 15, 2015

EDSer Shelley and her service dog, Kibble, have been nominated for the Kennel Club’s Eukanuba “Friends For Life” competition. He has helped her regain much independence! The dog is trained to assist Shelley in all aspects of her life, including retrieving items and pressing the alarm button on the phone if she has an emergency. A Dunstable dog lover and […]

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“Pain Awareness Month” to raise awareness of the U.S. Pain Foundation

Posted on September 14, 2014

September is “Pain Awareness Month” in Scituate, RI and several other U.S. towns. Advocates are raising awareness of  chronic pain conditions and the U.S. Pain Foundation.  Stuart and Ellen Lenox Smith have been very active with the U.S. Pain Foundation and EDS Awareness for Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome. Their “Pain Awareness Event” at Miriam Hospital in Providence on Saturday, Sept. 27th will conclude […]

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Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome Patient is Proactive in Her Therapy Program

Posted on April 1, 2014

Ellen Smith is a remarkable, proactive advocate for EDS Awareness who enjoys helping others learn more about therapy options. Her life has shifted course due to EDS, but Ellen has found a sense of purpose, hope, and fulfillment in working with several organizations. “Ellen Smith has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome, a progressive degenerative connective tissue disorder characterized by joint hypermobility, […]

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Ehlers-Danlos Companion Wins “Top Dog” Award

Posted on March 10, 2014

Service dogs are not only a cherished companion, but also protect and assist EDSers in amazing ways. “A cocker spaniel has picked up a top prize at Crufts for helping her owner Lucy Watts from Benfleet in Essex. Molly was announced as the winner of the Crufts Friends for Life 2014 competition. Molly and Lucy, who’s 20, […]

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Service Dog Helps Meredith who has Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome

Posted on January 26, 2014

Those with Ehlers-Danlos Syndrome can receive many benefits from a special dog trained to meet their specific needs. By Julia Rogers Hook “To look at 16-year-old Meredith Butenhoff, one would think that she’s the picture of health. The pretty blonde high school student from Greenville has a ready smile and speaks with a soft melodic […]

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