Kennel Club
Kennel Club #BanShockCollars campaign set to be won in England
The Kennel Club is delighted that, following a meeting with Rt Hon Michael Gove and Ross Thomson MP just last week, it is understood that a ban on both the sale and use of shock collars is to be announced across the UK shortly, following a consultation period on the terms of such a ban, including a total import ban and a possible amnesty.
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Five Hero Dogs
Five Hero Dogs Named as Finalists in hero dog awards
Judges from the Kennel Club, the UK’s largest dog welfare organisation, have selected five inspiring finalists to go forward for the public vote, with the winner being announced in the Genting Arena at the Birmingham NEC on the final day of Crufts, the world’s greatest dog show, on Sunday 11th March. These five dog heroes are just some of the dogs celebrated at the show for the ways that they enrich our lives.
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New partner
The Kennel Club announce Purina PRO Plan as their new partner in pet nutrition
Caroline Kisko, Kennel Club Secretary, said: “We are delighted to be working with Purina PRO Plan who share many of the same beliefs as the Kennel Club in terms of responsible dog breeding through the Kennel Club’s Assured Breeder Scheme and the important role that our canine companions play in our society.
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Foreign Secretary backs call to ban
Foreign Secretary backs call to ban shock collars
In a video posted on Ross Thomson MP’s twitter account, the Foreign Secretary states: “I am absolutely shocked to discover that electric collars are being used on dogs as utensils of discipline and education. There are far better ways of training your dog. Just as you don’t need to cane children anymore, we’ve moved on from that – let’s move on from electric shock dog collars.”
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Kennel Club welcomes consultation
Kennel Club welcomes consultation on third-party puppy sale ban
The Kennel Club, whose own regulations explicitly ban the sale of puppies to third parties, has long called for an end to the sale of puppies in pet shops and by other third party retailers, as puppy farmers often use such outlets to sell their pups to unsuspecting members of the public who never see the terrible conditions that the pups were raised in.
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Say bonjour
Say bonjour to the UK’s newest pedigree dog – the Barbet
Following the ‘entente chaleureuse’ established between Theresa May and Emmanuel Macron at last week’s summit in London, Anglo-French relations in the world of dogs also look set to become even more cordial after official recognition of an ancient French breed in the UK.
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Assistance Dogs: Four-legged Miracles

As a pet boarding and daycare facility, we love all types of animals and we welcome dogs, cats and even exotic pets here at Cascade Kennels. However, there is one type of animal that never ceases to amaze us and has always held a very special place in the hearts of our staff and that...

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As a pet boarding and daycare facility, we love all types of animals and we welcome dogs, cats and even exotic pets here at Cascade Kennels. However, there is one type of animal that never ceases to amaze us and has always held a very special place in the hearts of our staff and that...

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As a pet boarding and daycare facility, we love all types of animals and we welcome dogs, cats and even exotic pets here at Cascade Kennels. However, there is one type of animal that never ceases to amaze us and has always held a very special place in the hearts of our staff and that is Assistance Dogs. Assistance dogs are nothing less than walking, four-legged miracles.

WHAT ARE ASSISTANCE DOGS?

Most of us, if asked, would certainly be able to answer this question. Generally speaking, Assistance dogs are dogs that have been trained to provide on-going aid or assistance to an individual with a disability. That’s the basic definition of what an Assistance dog is, however, there are a few specific types of assistance dogs that have been trained to provide their owners with a particular type of help.

  1. Guide Dogs: Guide dogs are specifically trained to help the blind. They function as their owners’ eyes.
  2. Hearing Dogs: Hearing dogs are trained to be the “ears” of their owners.
  3. Service Dogs: Service dogs are trained for a more general function of helping their owners with other types of disabilities such as physical or mental.

In our area, there are two organizations that raise and train Assistance dogs, they are Brigadoon Service Dogs in Bellingham and Summit Assistance Dogs in Anacortes. Both organizations work tirelessly to train the animals to serve their owners and then take time to ensure that the dog is well suited to the individual in need. We’d like to share with you some success stories of each organization and how these miraculous dogs are improving the lives of their owners.

SUCCESS STORIES

Reyna & Ava: Reyna is a young hearing-impaired lady who reached out to Brigadoon for a hearing dog.   Reyna was eventually matched with Ava. Here’s what Reyna has to say about her hearing dog:  “As useless as my ears are, I like them right where they are, on my head. Ava’s ears are positioned so perfectly on top of her head and move to the sounds that surround me on a daily basis. They are what I refer to as my little radars. She is always listening and alerts me to the sounds I need to be aware of.  As we walk, she nudges my hand to get my attention. Watching her body language is also a big help.” 

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Briana & Mabel: Briana is a Woodinville resident who struggles with a lung disease and is wheel-chair bound. Her vision and hearing are also impaired and she was in need to continual assistance.  She reached out to Summit Assistance dogs and was eventually matched with Mabel. Mabel helps her get around safely, opens doors, picks up dropped items and is continually by Briana’s side. Thanks to the assistance that she gets from her service dog, Briana is a student at a local community college and is able to successfully navigate her surroundings thanks to Mabel.

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Christopher & Campbell: Christopher and Campbell were matched a few years ago through Summit’s program. Christopher suffers a lack of mobility, is blind and has no verbal function. However, when Campbell came into his life, Christopher’s mother noticed a very positive change in her son. Campbell acts as Christopher’s eyes but he also helps Christopher to be more aware of his surroundings which has been a huge blessing for their family.

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These are just a few of the many lives that have been changed for the better thanks to Assistance dogs. It is nothing less than miraculous that a dog can be trained to help an individual with their day-to-day tasks and bring so much peace, joy and independence to these individuals. These animals truly are four-legged miracles.

If you are interested in learning more about either of these organizations, click the links below.

Summit Assistance Dogs

Brigadoon Service Dogs

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