Poodles and other service dogs are a great help to the vets

Poodles are known for their intelligence and are often the chosen breed to mix with other dog breeds for hypoallergenic reasons.  They often make great service dogs for those people with special needs, such as those who are visually handicapped.

 

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A little love from a poodle can be the best medicine you can get

Poodles and other service dogs are a great help to the vets

But dogs are great for those coming back from Afghanistan and for PTSD veterans.  They are a great boon to those with psychological problems, sleep disorders and trauma associated with their experiences fighting abroad.

This, from rnw.nl is an excerpt from an article about the use of service dogs with veterans who suffer from PTSD and other difficulties.

Guide dogs are well-established as invaluable assistants for those who are blind, and increasingly service dogs are being used by people with other sorts of physical disability. But they can also be a boon for people suffering from psychological difficulties. The Dutch Service Dog Foundation (Hulphond Nederland) has, for the first time, placed a dog with a veteran suffering from Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (PTSD).
Soldiers often see and experience terrible things when deployed in conflict zones. But the nature of their work means they tend not to complain or talk about these experiences when they get back home. And that can lead to serious problems as service men and women struggle to re-adjust to ‘normal’ life with memories of death and violence still haunting them.
American organisations are experienced in placing dogs with traumatised veterans according to Eric Bouwer, director of Hulphond Nederland. “A Dutch veteran told us about the use of service dogs for soldiers, and that got us interested. We looked very carefully at the Americans to see what dogs needed to learn to be helpful to people with PTSD and then got started. It’s a logical extension of the work we already do with service dogs”.

Read from the original article here

 

In a recent article in CNN.com, a woman who was caring for her husband who has a serious medical disorder was stressed to the limits of her emotional well being.  She said the following:

“Her standard poodle “provided the emotional support when she was out of the house without her husband, that her husband used to provide,” Lieberman said.”

Above quote taken from the article here
Besides the fact that Poodles and other service dogs are a great help to the vets, they can offer the average person a way to cope with the day to day stress naturally and are so therapeutic as loving companions.  I know that a simple few moments spent petting my poodle, Lucy can make me feel better and it doesn’t cost a penny!

How does your pet help you in your day to feel less stressed or more loved?

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“Pooh” the Poodle saved Nancy Jones’ life from a gas leak in her home

The latest story about a dog hero is one about how “Pooh” the Poodle saved Nancy Jones’ life from a gas leak in her home.  It is rather amazing how it happened, because it is nearly impossible for the poodle to have been able to get the leash by herself, as it was hanging about six feet high from the floor, on the wall.

While folding laundry, Nancy Jones from east Talladega, Alabama, felt lightheaded and dizzy.  She was unaware of a gas leak that could have been deadly.  Nancy is legally blind and her dog “Pooh” is her seeing-eye dog and best friend.

“Pooh” the Poodle saved Nancy Jones’ life from a gas leak in her home

Pooh came to the rescue by bringing her leash and harness to Nancy and urging her to get herself and Pooh out of the house.  It was later that she discovered that there had been a gas leak in her home that could have been disastrous.

“The next thing I know Pooh was nudging me to put on her leash, she went and got herself,”  Jones told ABC2 News.  “Brought it to me, made me put it on her and literally drug me out the front door.”

It wasn’t until after they were safely out of the house that Jones realized there was a gas leak in her home and that her dog Pooh had just saved her life.

Read more from the original article here

Here is a video from the ABC news story about this incredible rescue of Nancy Jones by her Poodle hero, “Pooh.”

ABC 33/40 – Birmingham News, Weather, Sports

It is incredible how often we hear about dogs who rescue their owners from danger and trouble without a moments hesitation.  Many lives have been saved because of poodles and other dogs.  The fact that “Pooh” the Poodle saved Nancy Jones’ life from a gas leak in her home just goes to prove, once again, how amazing these dog heroes are again and again.

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Toy Poodle Saved A Woman’s Life

Here is a true dog hero story about a little poodle named Andrew, and how this little Toy Poodle Saves A Woman’s Life.

It happened in the middle of the night at around 1:30 AM, when a woman who is epileptic, when into a grand mal seizure.  The dog sensed trouble and came to Stephanie’s aid.  Apparently, the poodle, as in the case of most dogs, can sense a seizure coming on due to the scent people give off, when an epileptic seizure is happening.  Take a look at this short video.

 

If you enjoyed this story, please share this video with others. Let some of your friends on facebook know just how incredible this miracle dog truly is for saving a person’s life!

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