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Handling with care: By training service dogs, ACI inmates help others
Feb. 14 Millbury fundraiser fulfills NEADS for veterans
The Mahlerts woke up one morning and decided they were going to do more than donate money to NEADS — National Education for Assistance Dog Services — they were going to make sure another veteran received an assistance dog, just like Holly Mahlert's dad did.
"Did Ollie make a difference in Dad's life? Yes! Big time! Ollie has helped him smile again, there, he's smiling right now," said Ms. Mahlert during an interview.
Princeton nonprofit sells stuffed marathon service dogs
In need of a ‘Rescue’?
Nonprofits are always on the hunt for new revenue, and some of them dabble in retail to bring in extra money.
Think museum gift shops or online stores selling coffee mugs and note cards. Now NEADS, a Princeton, Mass., nonprofit that trains service dogs, wants to bolster its fledgling retail operation — and, if history repeats itself, the item it’s selling won’t stay in stock for long.
Her decision, their life
They were full with newlywed love that brilliant Marathon Monday, fused in joy and then in disaster. Raked by the blast, Patrick and Jess would both lose their left legs. But Jess, harder hit, has held for two years now against the loss of her right. Everything seemed bound up in that choice.
Nate Corddry a die-hard Patriots and Red Sox fan
Living 2,600 miles away won’t stop this die-hard Patriots and Red Sox fan
More proof that you can take the sports fan out of Boston, but you can’t take Boston out of the sports fan.
Actor and Weymouth native Nate Corddry, the younger brother of fellow “Daily Show” correspondent Rob Corddry, left Massachusetts for college 20 years ago, later moved to New York City, and now lives in Los Angeles. But he’s still a Red Sox season ticket holder, despite his home address being 2,600 miles from Fenway Park.
(“I was on the waiting list for 10 years,” he explained, “so when they called me last December and said, ‘Hey, your name came up,’ I said, ‘Oh, Lord. I live in — I accept! I’ll take them!”)
When it comes to the New England Patriots, Corddry says he never misses a game and has three team shirts hanging in his closet (“two Bradys, the home jersey and the throwback jersey, and a Rob Ninkovich”).
So it’s no surprise that Corddry is backing the Pats in the friendly wager he’s made with actor and Baltimore fan Thomas Sadoski on this Saturday’s Patriots/Ravens game.
R.I. Guard veteran hopes writing book will ease his pain, perhaps that of other soldiers
The war that John DiRaimo, 53, physically left behind continues. A Rhode Island Army National Guard veteran who served a 13-month tour in Iraq in 2005 and 2006, when ground battles raged, DiRaimo cannot keep the conflict out of his head.
The news these days, as President Obama continues military operations against the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria, which seeks to control areas of those two nations, does not help.
Service dogs Jake, Rossi Boy named after fallen firefighters
Edward Walsh, Michael Kennedy died battling Boston fire
Two service dogs-in-training have been named after two Boston firefighters who lost their lives in a Back Bay fire earlier this year.
NEADS/Dogs for Deaf and Disabled Americans, a nonprofit organization based in Princeton, Mass., will hold a special event Thursday at the Engine 33, Ladder 15 Firehouse in Boston to honor Lt. Edward Walsh and firefighter Michael Kennedy, who died in March.
Walsh's widow, Kristen Walsh, and Kennedy's mother, Kathy Crosby-Bell, will have the opportunity to meet the two dogs that they have each been named in honor of the fallen men.
Service Dog Guides Marathon Bombing Victims Through A Grim Year
At Monday's Boston Marathon, many runners will be on the course to honor the 16 people who lost limbs in last year's bombing. One married couple was among them: Jessica Kensky and Patrick Downes. Among many dark stories of that day, theirs is among the darkest. They were newlyweds of just seven months when each had their left leg blown off. Their injuries were so severe that they were some of the last victims to leave the hospital. But we want to tell you an encouraging part of their story. It involves an 80-pound black Labrador retriever named Rescue who is specially trained as an assistance dog.
How Boston marathon bombing survivors celebrated Valentine’s Day
Two survivors of the Boston Marathon bombings celebrated Valentine’s Day in a very special way at Copley Place, near the site of the attack last April. Jessica Kensky enlisted the help of an organization called NEADS to plan a surprise for her husband Patrick Downes. The couple stood near the finish line when the bombs went off during the marathon and were seriously injured.
Service dog helps U.S. Army veteran lead ‘somewhat of a normal life’
Chris Maddeford's best friend can open doors and deliver his keys and cellphone on demand. He snuggles up when Maddeford is sad or upset. AJ, a 6-year-old pure-bred American Labrador retriever, is Maddeford's service dog. AJ has been a constant companion since Maddeford, a former U.S. Army sergeant who served in Afghanistan, got him in 2009.
Nonprofit reaches out to bombing victims with an offer of service dogs
Since the Boston Marathon bombings, Jessica Kensky and her husband, Patrick Downes, have been grappling with the enormity of all they have lost. The attack cost each a leg, casting the young couple into a nightmarish world of trauma and recovery and shattering their plan to move to the West Coast, where Downes had accepted a pre-doctoral internship in clinical psychology. But late last month, the flow of loss was offset a bit when the couple gained something: a young, black Labrador retriever named Rescue.
Service dogs barred, doubted, and deeply treasured
When Kevin Lambert’s service dog, a black Lab named Ronnie, senses he’s in a funk, she plunks her head down in his lap or sometimes climbs right onto it, all 65 pounds of her. When they’re out together, she sticks by the Army vet’s side, helping to keep his post traumatic stress disorder at bay, and makes him feel less alone.
THE SPITZ TAKE: Mendon mom shares details of her Weekends
MENDON — A suburban mom and a prisoner team up to turn a yellow Lab puppy into a faithful service dog. If you think that sounds like a great idea for a movie, you're not alone. CBS Films optioned the rights before "Weekends with Daisy'' was even written. The film might not be coming to a theater near you until 2015 or 2016, but the book by Mendon author Sharron Kahn Luttrell is being released next month. And if you think the movie plot synopsis tells you all you need to know about the book, think again.
The Fight for Service Dogs for Veterans With PTSD
When it comes to treating veterans with post-traumatic stress disorder, no intervention regularly receives as glowing reviews as service dogs. The use of service dogs to treat PTSD is new, though, and many of the findings at this point are anecdotal. Many veterans had eagerly hoped a pioneering study conducted by the Department of Veterans Affairs would buttress their personal experiences with science that could support implementing widespread therapeutic use.
Caring for those with NEADS
Everyday skills. Extraordinary independence. That is just one of the mottos of NEADS, a local agency that has been providing assistance dogs for deaf and disabled Americans for more than 30 years – right here in greater Worcester.