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These veterans might need a dog to walk but only needed a dog food bag to slide.

These veterans might need a dog to walk but only needed a dog food bag to slide.

Dogs Talk. You’ve Gotta Listen.

This impromptu sledding party was enjoyed by all ages and all medical abilities and disabilities. It took place right in view of Explore’s live “Puppy Hill” camera at the Service Dog Project farm in Ipswich, MA. Two of the three dogs in the photo are service dogs “out of harness”. They are off duty and enjoying the remains of the Boston Blizzard of 2015. When you see a dog in a service dog harness you should not talk to them, they have a job to do and are working. However when you take the harness off, they are all dog!

A veteran called one day to tell us that his service dog had started grumbling at his wife. It was not a growl, but even a grumble needs investigation. We sent our trainer to their home to try and figure it out. They put the dog in harness and went off to Boston on the crowded train. Sure enough, the crowd was not the problem unless the wife got too close. Confused, they went home to think. When he took the harness off, the dog went straight for the wife with tail wagging and a big time happy patting session, All was perfect except when the veteran came near, there was that noise again. With further investigation it was found that with the harness on the dog was saying “look I am working – I have this under control, let me do my job.” Yet when the harness was off it turned to “Hey can’t you see I am off the clock?” Dogs talk. You gotta listen.

– Carlene White, founder of Service Dog Project in Ipswich, MA. The organization trains and places Great Danes with people who live with Multiple Sclerosis, Friedreich’s ataxia, and veterans with disabilities.

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  • wingate s.b. ca

    If you like this page Please if your heart is gray by Recommended (Left hand corner) Click on the heart & make it RED. Thank you very much from Explore & SDP. :-)

    • Doris Kline

      Done did

  • Peg McCabe – MA

    Love Carlene’s blogs!! I watched the sledding live on the explore cam.

  • Evelyn Smith Boeckman

    The first thing on the computer in the morning is the SDP site and the last I see at night. This is most entertaining and educational, for both the young and retired. We see the pups come into the world and after their training we see them go off into the world with their people they have chosen to live with and are then working to help their person to live a more fulfilled life. These Danes have so much love to give and they get much love in return. Carlene White is the most generous, humorous and hard working person I have had the pleasure to observe. God Bless Carlene and all her volunteers who make this all possible.

  • http://home.lyse.net/twan/Index.html Twan in Norway

    Wise words from a wise woman :-)

  • Amber.CO

    Great story:) SDP is the best!

  • Fugen A So CA

    Every day i start my day With Dogie Daily, and every day i learn something from Carlene, not only about dogs, all kind of life experiences , always very educational and a lot of fun!

  • superwomyn

    12 acres of DOG LOVE! Super Slice of Heaven!!!