By Margaret Daley
When I taught students with special needs, I occasionally had the chance to also work with a service dog. They are amazing animals. Dogs are used to help people with various problems, not only with different disabilities (like blindness, epilepsy, diabetes, physical, post traumatic stress disorder). I am currently writing a series for about Caring Canines who are service and therapy dogs. Below is the first in the series featuring a therapy dog for a child who was depressed and recovering from a severe injury.
Canines also help law enforcement agencies with bomb detecting, drug detecting, suspect apprehension, tracking and cadaver retrieval as well as in search and rescue endeavors. Their scent of smell is keen compare to ours. For example, they can smell a dead person buried in the ground or deep under the water. Below is a book I wrote about a cadaver dog.
They can sense things in us that we aren’t even aware of. My vet told me about a service dog that was with his owner who is diabetic at the airport. The service dog indicated a passenger who was forty feet away had plummeting blood sugar, which was the case. Many animals can sense when someone is in need of emotional support, whether in grief, depression or pain. Below is a cover of a book (coming out in February 2015) of To Save Her Child. The hero has a tracking dog used to find lost people.
Have you known a service (or therapy) dog or seen one in action? What kind of dog was it?
Tory Caldwell witnesses a hit-and-run, but when the dead victim disappears from the scene, police doubt a crime has been committed. Tory is threatened when she keeps insisting she saw a man killed and the only one who believes her is her neighbor, Jordan Steele. Together, can they solve the mystery of the disappearing body and stay alive?