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Paws for a Cause: Service Dogs for Veterans and First Responders
Today's Pawsome Human: Joe Gionti - K9Heros4Heros
“What the f%&k are you doing?!”
Good boy Cai
The huge round eyes of surprise left no doubt that the little boy - maybe 5 or 6 years old - had no idea what he’d done wrong.
I was walking through the Albaicin, the historic part of Granada, with Cai.
Cai is super sensitive, and living in the Albaicin with its arm-width wide cobble-stoned alleyways, carrying countless smells and sounds in unpredictable, windy ways, didn’t help him relax.
He was “on edge” with an 80% full stress bucket all the time. So he was quick to bark at other dogs or people.
The little boy had stayed behind his parents and came running towards us, arms stretched out, ready to launch a cuddle attack on Cai.
“What the f%&k are you doing?!” I stopped him in his tracks.
I was pretty sure Cai wouldn’t bite him but I certainly expected him to launch, bark, and show his teeth to defend himself from this mini-stranger charging towards him .. enough to scare any 5-6 year old.
“You can’t just throw yourself onto a dog like that! If you want to pet a dog, you MUST ask the owner first.”
“Can I pet the dog?” he asked meekly after the first shock had worn off.
I explained how and where, and the boy gently petted Cai. Cai didn’t mind and after a couple of minutes, the boy ran off.
They were walking way ahead, chatting to friends, oblivious to what went on 100 meters behind them.
They clearly hadn’t taught their child how to approach and treat a dog.
Nothing happened in this case but I was furious because I imagined the reaction of those parents if Cai had snapped ..
“Children need to be taught something different, and we can’t rely on parents doing that,” was the thought that popped up that day. It lingered in the back of my mind all those years until I found my platform for change with Soul Touched by Dogs.
Education is a big part of it.
And advocating for adoption by helping people find kind, gentle AND effective ways to give their dogs the best life possible.
I’m super excited about the upcoming virtual conference ..
PS: Btw. Cai is a totally different dog now. He is living proof that there is hope even if your dog is stressed out and anxious.
Panic to Peace - Holistic Approaches to Easing Anxiety in Rescue Dogs
A virtual conference for dog lovers: Feb 19-25, 2024
(Don’t forget to like and follow if you’re active on IG 🙏)
The event is for those who have adopted a dog who is anxious, perhaps reactive, struggling to overcome trauma or separation anxiety.
And it’s for those who are considering adopting a dog but might hesitate because they worry about the “baggage” a rescue dog might come with.
I’ve invited wonderful experts who will give you kind, gentle, holistic, connection-based tools and solutions so you feel equipped to support your dog.
Stay tuned 🐾
This week’s Pawsome Human: Joe Gionti - Paws for a Cause: Service Dogs for Veterans and First Responders
My guest for this episode is Joe Gionti, the CEO and founder of K9Heroes4Heroes.
The mission of this non-profit organization is to train service dogs and match them up with veterans and first responders in need.
In our conversation, Joe shares why he is so passionate about supporting veterans and first responders, and how his own service dog is changing his life.
We explore what goes into training a service dog as well as finding the perfect match home.
People in the military and first responders often see things no person should ever see, and while they’re trained to do their job, they often don’t have a lot of support to help them recover from any trauma.
That’s why services like K9Heroes4Heroes are so important. Thank you, Joe, for all you do 🙏
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Did you know there are service dogs supporting Alzheimer’s patients?
Alzheimer’s: Short-term memory loss, confusion, and an inability to navigate familiar surroundings .. when your memory fails you, life gets difficult.
Turns out, service dogs can help:
they can offer reminders - when to eat, take the meds etc.
they guide the person so they won’t get lost
access to memories buried in the past
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Until next week,