It’s October and time to celebrate. Two years ago this month, explore.org teamed up with the Massachusetts-based Service Dog Project (SDP). The Live Cams – now totaling five! – have brought great dane pups into homes across the world and spread the word on the service dog mission. We’ve never been the same since. Come celebrate with us.
The first ever SDP litter viewed on explore.org was Chaos’ litter of “Chuppies,” including little Casper below. You can see more photos of Chaos and her puppies here, and view the first recording from the SDP Live Cam as Chaos gave birth on Oct. 18-19, 2012 in this montage video.
Located in Ipswich, Massachusetts, the Service Dog Project rests on a 12-acre property with heated kennels, fields, and a large arena. These areas provide the necessary space to raise the dogs from birth to graduation, and even back for retirement if needed. Chaos’s service puppies and all others since are eventually placed with people who have Multiple Sclerosis, individuals with Friedreich’s ataxia, and veterans with disabilities. Each dog receives extensive training for balance, and once a dog is paired with an applicant, the dog is uniquely trained to suit the recipient’s needs. (Did you know, SDP was founded by accident?)