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Dogs Help De-Stress North Central Students At Finals Time

Students at North Central College in Naperville have been visited by nine therapy dogs to help relieve stress during the “stretch run” of their academic year.

06/05/2014

Fake service dog credentials purchased over the internet. (Credit: CBS)

2 Investigators: Fake Service Dog Credentials Easily Available Online

You see them from time to time on buses, trains, restaurants and even airplanes: Service dogs, who appear to be assisting their disabled owners. But, a disturbing new trend is raising questions about which dogs really deserve to have special access.

11/12/2013

Patrick Bettendorf and his dog, Ruby. (Photo supplied by Patrick Bettendorf.)

Abandoned Dog Becomes Service Animal; Helps Chicago Shelter

The author of a popular book about an abandoned dog who was rescued, rose to stardom and began a new life as a service animal, visits Chicago Saturday for a book signing and fundraiser at PAWS Chicago. Patrick Bettendorf comes with a message to his fellow humans.

09/28/2013

Marcie Davis, founder of International Assistance Dog Awareness Week, with her service dog Whistle. (Credit: Marcie Davis)

‘Despicable’ Epidemic: People Using Fake Service Dogs

Despicable. That’s the word used by advocates for the disabled to describe the newest trend – people disguising their dogs as service dogs to travel, shop, and even go to night clubs.

08/21/2013