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Service Dog Heroes

Service Dog Heroes

by Linda Bozzo, Library Association Staff

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Children's Literature - Carlee Hallman
Kazi is Jaqueline's service dog. Jaqueline has a muscle disability. Kazi helps throughout the day by handing her things. Kazi can even open the refrigerator. In 1975 Dr. Bergin founded the first service dog program for people with disabilities. "Labrador retrievers, golden retrievers, and a mix of the two are popular choices." Puppies begin training with a specific person in mind. The dog and recipient train as a team. The recipient must be able to care for the dog. Arthritis, paraplegia, heart conditions, or multiple sclerosis are some of the conditions a service dog may help with. A dog can help with shopping and even push an elevator button. "Service dogs are allowed in most public places where people are allowed." Age of retirement depends on the type of work done. "Service dogs are heroes that help make people's dreams come true!" Stunning photographs of dogs and their owners add interest. This is one of the "Amazing Working Dogs with American Humane" series. There is a glossary, index, and lists for further reading and Internet addresses. Kids will enjoy making a report on these dogs. Reviewer: Carlee Hallman
School Library Journal - School Library Journal
Gr 2�4—Each of these informative overviews starts with a true story about a dog's work specific to the title and then goes on to detail the breeds that are best suited to it, the training required (both for the animal and the human handler), the tasks the dogs perform, and what happens to them after they retire. Although the different dogs are not compared from book to book, reading them together will reveal plenty of similarities and differences. Specific breeds have proven more successful as police and guide dogs, but service dogs are chosen specifically for their personalities. The history of service dogs is fairly recent, having been established in the 1970s, while guide dogs have been at work for almost 100 years, and the use of police dogs can be traced back to the 1300s. Full-color photos, some full page, appear throughout. These books are clearly written in a personable style, with plenty of anecdotal and factual information, which makes them suitable for report writing and enjoyable for general reading.—Kara Schaff Dean, Walpole Public Library, MA

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Enslow Publishers, Incorporated
Publication date:
Amazing Working Dogs with American Humane Series
Product dimensions:
7.86(w) x 9.30(h) x 0.34(d)
Age Range:
7 - 10 Years

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